Using multiplex real time PCR in order to streamline a routine diagnostic service

J Clin Virol. 2008 Dec;43(4):372-5. doi: 10.1016/j.jcv.2008.08.020. Epub 2008 Nov 1.


An increasing number of virology laboratories are now utilising in house real time PCR assays as the frontline diagnostic tests. As the number of tests on offer increases the natural progression from this will be to rationalise their service via multiplexing. Since 2003 we have introduced a large number of qualitative and quantitative multiplex real time PCR assays into our routine testing service. This paper describes the development of the multiplex assays, the problems encountered and the resultant benefits to the routine service.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Diagnostic Services*
  • Molecular Diagnostic Techniques / methods*
  • Polymerase Chain Reaction / methods*
  • Time Factors
  • Virus Diseases / diagnosis*