Hepatitis B Virus (HBV) DNA, Quantitative Real-time PCR With Reflex to HBV Genotype

CPT: 87517. If reflex testing is performed, concomitant CPT codes/charges will apply.
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Test Details


  • HBV Quantitation
  • HBV Viral Load


This test quantitates HBV DNA in serum or plasma with reflex to HBV genotype if ≥500 IU/mL is detected.


The quantitative test has a range of 10 IU/mL to 1,000,000,000 IU/mL. The genotype assay is only triggered when the quantitative test result is ≥500 IU/mL.


Quantitative test: cobas® HBV for use on the cobas® 6800/8800 system

Genotype test (reflex): Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) amplification and DNA sequencing

Specimen Requirements


Plasma or serum, frozen


3 mL

Minimum Volume

1.5 mL


Red-top tube, gel-barrier tube, lavender-top (EDTA) tube, or PPT. Do not use green-top (heparin) or yellow-top (ACD) tube


Centrifuge sample within six hours of collection. Transfer the serum/plasma to a screw-top polypropylene tube and freeze.

Storage Instructions


Causes for Rejection

Green-top (heparin) or yellow-top (ACD) tubes used for collection; serum/plasma not frozen; PPT not centrifuged

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