RIMG is currently offering two forms of COVID-19 testing: PCR (Nasal Swab) test and the Serum Antibody IgG (Blood Test). A virtual visit with one of our providers is required prior to testing. Please read below for more information regarding the available tests.
What do the COVID-19 tests detect?
PCR (Nasal Swab): This test will detect if you are actively infected with the COVID-19 virus.
Serum Antibody IgG (Blood Test): This test will detect if you have had prior exposure to COVID-19 and have built an antibody for the virus. For most viral illnesses, a positive antibody means prior exposure to a virus and some degree of immunity to future infection. As COVID-19 is a novel (new) infection, it is unclear if a positive antibody definitively offers immunity. Despite a positive antibody test, the recommendation is to still practice universal precautions.
What testing do I need?
PCR (Nasal Swab):
If you are actively experiencing COVID-19 symptoms such as
- 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
If you have a known COVID-19 exposure in the last 14 days
Serum Antibody IgG (Blood Test):
– If you previously had COVID-19 symptoms (Fever, persistent cough, shortness of breath, body aches) and have recovered after 14 days.
– If you received a positive test result for COVID-19 and have recovered after 14 days.
How are these tests administered?
PCR (Nasal Swab): Administered via a nasal swab with our drive-by no contact testing
Serum Antibody Blood Test (Total or IgG): Administered via a blood sample.
How long will it take to receive my results and how do I view them?
PCR (Nasal Swab): Generally, it will take 3-5 days to receive your results. Your results can be viewed via your patient portal account and you will receive an email/text notification once they are available.
Serum Antibody Blood Test (Total or IgG): Generally, it will take about 5 days to receive your antibody results. Your results can be viewed via your patient portal account and you will receive an email/text notification once they are available.
What platform do you use for testing?
All Serology (Antibody) and Molecular/PCR tests are sent to our commercial lab partners, LabCorp or Quest Diagnostics.
For serology, we are referring patients for the Labcorp Roche CoViD-19 Total antibodies testing. This specific antibody test has approval for FDA Emergency Use and has a 99.8% specificity.