COVID-19 Testing

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
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

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.