The FilmArray is a PCR test that detects gastrointestinal pathogens including viruses, bacteria and parasites that cause infectious diarrhea. (PCR stands for polymerase chain reaction, which detects genetic material from a specific organism – such as a virus.) This is an at-home stool test that may be ordered by your gastroenterologist to further assist with diagnosis and treatment of a GI illness. After you complete the test and it is reviewed by our FDHS Pathology Department, your provider will contact you with results of the test.


If your provider orders a FilmArray test, you will be given the FilmArray test kit at the office for you to take home and complete. It’s important that you complete the collection and send the kit via FedEx as soon as possible. There is a short window of time after collection that the specimen can be accurately reviewed.

Please click here to download a detailed instruction sheet.

FedEx Delivery Instructions

Specimens must be collected and mailed (or dropped off) to FedEx ASAP. As noted in the Patient Instructions, there is a preaddressed/prepaid FedEx ClinPak mailing envelope in the FilmArray kit.

Call 1-800-GO-FEDEX to schedule a pick-up or drop the completed kit off at your nearest FedEx drop-off.

Please send by end of day Thursday. Do NOT send on Friday or the weekend.

*Please complete this step ASAP to avoid having to repeat sample collection*