RT-PCR is a molecular test to rapidly make billions of copies of a small sample size of DNA in order to study it in detail.
HOW IS THE PCR TEST ADMINISTERED?
1. INSERT A 6-INCH LONG SWAB INTO THE BACK OF THE NASAL PASSAGE THROUGH ONE NOSTRIL.
2. ROTATE THE SWAB SEVERAL TIMES FOR 15 SECONDS.
3. REPEAT THIS PROCESS THROUGH THE OTHER NOSTRIL.
4. THE SWAB IS PLACED INTO A CONTAINER AND TESTED. THE COLLECTION PROCESS ONLY TAKES 5 TO 10 MINUTES.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
HOW DOES IT WORK?
The PCR assay has been authorized to test respiratory samples collected from suspected COVID-19 patients, including nasopharyngeal swabs, sputum, throat swabs, bronchoalveolar lavages, and bronchial washings.
RT-PCR uses genetic material from one of these samples, amplifies it, and then compares it to the genetic sequence of the virus you are trying to detect. At our labs we use the latest systems to handle each specimen with the greatest care. Both aim to subvert the traditional testing mode and bring precision medicine to thousands of individuals.
PCR tests are used to directly detect the presence of an antigen, rather than the presence of the body’s immune response, or antibodies. By detecting the viral RNA, which will be present in the body before antibodies form or symptoms of the disease are present, these tests can tell whether or not someone has the virus very early.
By scaling PCR testing to screen vast swatches of nasopharyngeal swab samples from within a population, public health officials can get a clearer picture of the spread of a disease like COVID-19 within a population.
WHEN CAN I GET MY TEST RESULTS?
Including transit times, your test results should be available within 1 to 2 days.
WHAT TYPE OF TEST IS IT?
HOW MUCH DOES THE TEST COST?
The CARES Act mandates that all COVID-19 care is provisionally covered by all insurance and government programs. We will make every effort to bill your insurance provider, but the exact coverage will vary by plan. Prism Health Lab does not guarantee that your service will be free, as this is dependent on your insurance company's provisional policies.