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Test Code NBLD0536 Meningitis/Encephalitis Panel, NAD



Biofire Film Array Panel:The FilmArray Meningitis panel is a qualitative multiplexed nucleic acid-based test that simultaneously detects and identifies nucleic acids from multiple bacteria, viruses, and yeast directly from spinal fluid samples.


The following pathogens can be identified using the FilmArray Meningitis Panel:

Bacteria Viruses


E. coli K1

Cytomegalovirus (CMV)

Cryptococcus gattii/neoformans

Haemophilus influenza


Listeria monocytogenes

Herpes Simplex Virus 1 (HSV-1)


Neisseria meningitidis

Herpes Simplex Virus 2 (HSV-2)


Streptococcus agalactiae (Group B)

Human Herpesvirus 6 (HHV-6)


Streptococcus pneumoniae

Human Parechovirus



Varicella Zoster Virus (VZV)



Performing Laboratory

Bozeman Health Laboratory Services

Specimen Requirements

Specimen Type: Spinal fluid

Container/Tube: Screw-capped, sterile tube

Specimen Volume: 1.0 mL

Specimen Minimum Volume: 0.25 mL

Collection Instructions: 

1. Do not centrifuge.

2. Label tube(s) with patient’s name (first and last), date and actual time of collection, and in order of collection 1, 2, 3, etc.

3. Maintain sterility and forward promptly. Do not send by pneumatic tube.

Additional Information: This test will be performed on tube #2 or #3 of tubes submitted from spinal fluid collection.

Specimen Transport Temperature


Specimen Stability


Specimen Type Temperature Time
Spinal fluid Ambient 24 hours
  Refrigerated 7 days


Reference Values

Not detected


Critical Value (automatic call-back): A positive result indicates the detection of one or more pathogens identified by the FilmArray Panel.  Pathogens will be identified separately.


Day(s) Test Set Up

Monday through Sunday


Turn around Time:  2.5 hours from receipt of specimen in testing lab.

Test Classification and CPT Coding