Test Methodology: TMA. This test is a molecular nucleic acid amplification test for the qualitative detection of RNA from SARS-CoV-2 by TMA. Nucleic acid amplification tests include PCR and TMA. This test has been authorized by the FDA under an EUA for use by authorized laboratories.
TAT: 5 - 6 hours from specimen receipt in the laboratory
NP swabs, Mid-Turbinate swabs
Red or Purple UTM. Saline tubes prepared by WakeMed are acceptable if not expired. Orange Aptima swabs
Minimum Collecting Volume
Storage or Stability
Refrigerate for transport.
Causes For Rejection
Swabs with calcium alginate or cotton tips; swabs with wooden shafts; refrigerated samples greater than 72 hours old; room temperature specimen >72 hrs. old
NP Swabs and Mid-turbinate swabs. Swabs should be placed in a collection kit provided by WakeMed Microbiology. NOTE: Specimens collected in saline cannot be used for Respiratory Pathogen panel (BioFire) testing