PCR Testing

PCR Testing

PCR Testing services offered in Calabasas, CA

Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing is an accurate tool for diagnosing infectious diseases. At Calabasas Medicine Group in Calabasas, California, Sagi Cohen, MD, Nathan Alyesh, MD, and the team offer PCR testing for viruses like COVID-19, influenza, and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). Call today or schedule your PCR test online. Telemedicine appointments are available to discuss testing needs and results.

PCR Testing Q&A

What should I know about PCR testing?

PCR testing is a diagnostic tool that looks for genetic material associated with a pathogen. Unlike other types of tests for infectious diseases, PCR testing can detect a pathogen during the early stages of the infection.

For PCR testing, medical physicians use blood, mucus, or saliva samples.

Calabasas Medicine Group is a state-of-the-art internal and concierge medicine practice dedicated to providing patients with a rapid diagnosis so they can provide immediate treatment. They use the Biofire® brand of virus panel testing, allowing them to test for many common viruses.

Should I get PCR testing if I have symptoms of COVID-19?

If you have COVID-19 symptoms, you should get tested for the infection. PCR testing is the “gold standard” COVID-19 test. 

Though antigen COVID-19 testing provides rapid results, negative results aren’t always on the mark. PCR testing, whether positive or negative, provides accurate results for COVID-19. 

Calabasas Medicine Group also offers PCR testing for the flu, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), and rhinovirus. RSV and rhinovirus cause cold-like symptoms.

If you have a cough, sore throat, and fever and have concerns about a viral infection, schedule an appointment at Calabasas Medicine Group. Same-day visits are available. 

What happens during PCR testing?

Your physician at Calabasas Medicine Group explains the details of your PCR testing at your appointment. They review symptoms and exposure to determine what type of infection you might have.

For PCR testing, your nurse inserts a nasal swab in your nose to collect the sample. Then, they place the swab in the testing vial and mix it with the solution. Then, they place the sample in the Biofire loading station.

When can I expect the results from PCR testing?

You can expect results from your PCR testing with Biofire at Calabasas Medicine Group in 45 minutes. Biofire provides rapid and accurate results.

The team performs all samples and testing onsite. Once you have a diagnosis, your nurse gives you instructions on managing your symptoms and preventing the infection from spreading to others.

PCR testing at Calabasas Medicine Group is fast and accurate. Call today or schedule your test using the online booking button.