Expected Turnaround Time

Within 24-72 hours
Turnaround time is defined as the usual number of days from the date of pickup of a specimen for testing to when the result is released to the ordering provider. In some cases, additional time should be allowed for additional confirmatory or additional reflex tests. Testing schedules may vary.

Specimen Requirements


Nasopharyngeal swab.


1 swab


Red-top tube, gel-barrier tube, or green-top (heparin) tube


Nasopharyngeal swab specimens should be collected according to standard technique and immediately placed into viral transport media and submitted for testing.

Storage Instructions

Refrigerate Specimen

Stability Requirements

Temperature Period
Room TemperatureNot Recommended
Refrigerated7 Days
FrozenDo Not Freeze
Freeze/thaw/ cycles Do Not Freeze

Patient Information

To help diagnose a respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infection; to help determine whether or not RSV is circulating in your community.

When it is RSV season (late fall through early spring in the U.S.) and an infant, an elderly person, or a person with a weakened immune system has a moderate to severe respiratory infection and symptoms such as runny nose, congestion, coughing and/or difficulty breathing.

Usually a nasal aspirate or nasal wash; occasionally a nasopharyngeal (NP) swab.