Ordering Recommendation

Use to detect and quantify cytomegalovirus (CMV). For additional information regarding updates to ARUP's quantitative CMV testing, please visit www.aruplab.com/infectious-disease/cmv_test_updates.

New York DOH Approval Status

This test is New York state approved.

Specimen Required

Patient Preparation

Lavender (EDTA), pink (K2EDTA), or plasma preparation tube (PPT).

Specimen Preparation

Separate from cells within 24 hours of collection. Transfer 2 mL plasma to an ARUP standard transport tube (ARUP supply #15824). Available online through eSupply using ARUP Connect or contact ARUP Client Services at 800-522-2787. (Minimum volume, 1mL)

Storage/Transport Temperature


Unacceptable Conditions

Heparinized specimens, whole blood, serum, respiratory specimens, CSF.


After separation from cells: Ambient: 24 hrs; Refrigerated: 6 days; Frozen: 12 weeks


Quantitative Polymerase Chain Reaction




1-2 days

Reference Interval

Not detected

Interpretive Data

The quantitative range of this test is 1.54-7.00 log IU/mL (34.5-10,000,000 IU/mL).

An interpretation of "Not Detected" does not rule out the presence of inhibitors or CMV DNA concentration below the level of detection of the assay. Care should be taken in the interpretation of any single viral load determination.

International standardization has improved comparability of assay results across laboratories, but discrepancies still exist due to commutability issues with the standard.

Compliance Category



The limit of quantification for this assay is 1.54 log IU/mL (34.5 IU/mL). If the assay DETECTED the presence of the virus but was not able to accurately quantify the viral load, the test result will be reported as "Not Quantified, Detected."

Hotline History


CPT Codes



Component Test Code* Component Chart Name LOINC
3005896 CMV Qnt by NAAT, Plasma IU/mL 72493-0
3005897 CMV Qnt by NAAT, Plasma log IU/mL 72494-8
3005898 CMV Qnt by NAAT, Plasma Interp 30246-3
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Cytomegalovirus by Quantitative NAAT, Plasma