There are 3 types of COVID tests available at RIMG: the PCR (Nasal Swab), the Rapid Antigen Sofia test (Nasal Swab), and the Serum Antibody blood test.
A virtual visit with one of our providers is required prior to testing to determine the type of test and the testing location that best fits your medical needs.
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.
Rapid Antigen Test (Sofia): This test will detect if you are actively infected with the COVID-19 virus and is most accurate with symptoms of less than 5 day duration.
Serum Antibody (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?
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
And its within 5 days of symptom onset, we recommend the Rapid Antigen Test OR PCR Nasal swab.
For symptoms > 5 days, travel, exposure or asymptomatic testing, we recommend PCR.
Serum Antibody (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 & Rapid Antigen (Nasal Swab): Administered via a nasal swab. Schedule a virtual visit with one of our providers for testing.
Rapid Antigen testing is being completed at a separate suite attached to our main office.
Our PCR testing is being completed through our partnership with Privia at their lab.
Hours: Monday – Friday 8:30 – 11:30AM
Address: 203 Perry Pkwy Ste 1, Gaithersburg, MD 20877. Testing is located inside the building, follow the signs.
Note: You need an order for the test from your provider for testing.
Serum Antibody Blood Test: Administered via a blood sample.
How long will it take to receive my results and how do I view them?
PCR (Nasal Swab): Results are normally received within 3 days. Sometimes, it may take longer due to an increased demand for testing and/or an increased number of tests performed. Your results can be viewed via your patient portal account and you will receive an email/text notification once they are available.
Rapid Antigen/Sofia: Results are normally completed within 1 hour. Your results can be viewed via your patient portal account and you will receive an email/text notification once they are available. If you prefer a phone call with your results, please let your provider know.
Serum Antibody Blood Test: Generally, it will take about 2 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?
Rapid Antigen testing is done via Sofia system.
Molecular/PCR tests (active infection only) are sent to our commercial lab partners, Privia Lab, LabCorp or Quest Diagnostics.
We are performing the Vitros SARS-CoV-2 Total Antibody test in our lab (tests for IgG, IgM and IgA- both active and past infection). This specific antibody test has approval for FDA Emergency Use and has a 100% specificity. If your insurance requires you to go to Labcorp or Quest for lab draws, then we can order through their platform.