Advanced Urgent Care & Occupational Medicine is now offering three COVID-19 tests. What are the COVID-19 test differences? In addition to lab-based PCR testing and antigen rapid testing, we now offer rapid PCR testing (while supplies last) at our Broomfield Clinic located at 3950 W. 144th Ave., Broomfield, CO 80023. The rapid PCR test costs $125 and the test is available for non-medical related reasons including testing for travel, surgeries, schools, returning to work, and more. If your test is for traveling, please verify with your airline and destination of travel regarding which test is necessary as everyone is different. Unlike the lab-based PCR test, the rapid PCR test allows for same-day results. The lab-based PCR and rapid PCR tests are widely accepted by airlines, surgery centers, and schools.
COVID-19 Test Differences: Molecular PCR Tests
The polymerase chain reaction, or PCR, test is considered a molecular test. According to the FDA, molecular tests detect the genetic material or nucleic acid present inside a virus particle. Most PCR testing is done in a lab setting and takes 3 to 5 days to receive results. The rapid PCR test uses the same detection method, but it is done at our clinics. This allows for same-day results! The lab-based and rapid PCR tests are widely accepted by airlines, surgery centers, and schools. Because molecular tests like the PCR tests run through multiple amplification cycles, they tend to be more sensitive than an antigen test.
COVID-19 Test Differences: Antigen Rapid Test
Our Sofia rapid antigen test is considered an antigen test and is $95. Instead of testing genetic material inside a virus particle, antigen tests detect one or more specific proteins from a virus particle, according to the FDA. Antigen tests are highly specific tests, but are less sensitive than molecular (PCR) tests. This is why most airlines, surgery centers, and schools do not accept antigen testing. However, antigen tests have a simpler design and allow for same-day results.
All of our COVID-19 tests use the most modern and accurate technology. If you need a test for work, school, travel, or surgery we suggest looking into which test will be accepted for your purposes.
Schedule Testing with Us!
The lab-based PCR and antigen rapid tests are available at all of our clinics. While supplies last, the rapid PCR test is available only at our Broomfield clinic. The lab-based PCR test is generally covered by insurance, but it is also $125 cash-pay. The rapid PCR test is $125 and only available for non-medical related reasons. If your test is for traveling, please verify with your airline and destination of travel regarding which test is necessary as everyone is different. The rapid antigen test is $95. Getting the antigen rapid and lab-based PCR tests requires a previous telehealth visit with one of our providers. Start the process to get tested at our clinics by clicking here. The rapid PCR test does not require a telehealth visit. If you are interested, please call 303-558-0509 to schedule or live chat us!