Diagnosing COVID-19 Through PCR Testing
Advance ER now offers PCR testing for Covid19. with results available in minutes. This rapid Covid PCR testing uses ‘Polymerase Chain Reaction, or PCR’ technology, which is probably the most accurate method now to detect the presence of Covid19 RNA in a patient. The Rapid Covid PCR testing at AER is approved by the FDA under emergency use authorization.
What Is PCR Testing?
The PCR test is a type of molecular test that detects genetic material or nucleic acid (RNA) present in a virus. RNA is only present if the virus is actively replicating, so if any active infection is found there is RNA present. PCR testing is administered similarly to Rapid Antigen testing, a sample is taken from the patient using a nasal swab.
It’s one of the best ways to find early signs of detected viral RNA, even before symptoms arise. This is why it’s critical to get a jumpstart on testing if you think you may have been exposed to COVID-19.
How Is It Administered?
As mentioned before, the PCR testing is administered by a medical professional through a nose swab sample, just like the antigen testing. Results for PCR testing results usually takes a few days to get, but AER now offers the Covid Rapid PCR with results in minutes!
However, studies have shown PCR testing to be more accurate than the common Rapid Covid Antigen testing. Many institutions, the airlines, and public gatherings require a person to have a negative PCR test results before engagement. The average turnaround time of Covid19 PCR results at AER is only 40 minutes!
Which Test Is Right For Me?
If you have been exposed or have been in close contact with someone who has contracted COVID-19, contact your doctor or get in touch with our experienced staff at Advance ER today. Even if you are beginning to show common-like symptoms including:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
Please contact us as soon as possible. At Advance ER, we offer both PCR and Antigen testing for COVID-19.
How Much Does It Cost?
Our staff will discuss your options in full detail so you know which test is best for you based on your pre-existing medical conditions and present symptoms. After it is determined, standard Emergency Room charges will apply, and please keep in mind the limited supply of testing.
ER charges apply, limited supplies.
To learn more or if you have additional questions about the PCR testing process, don’t hesitate to contact one of our staff members at (214) 494-8222 in Dallas, TX today!