The COVID19 crisis seems unlikely to abate soon. As the world battles one ferocious wave after another, the situation underscores the need for reliable testing services. Anderson Diagnostics & Labs, Chennai, has the diagnostic technology and the medical acumen to offer COVID19 RT-PCR tests to screen the disease. Every RT-PCR COVID19 test is conducted by our trained phlebotomists, who collect samples only if the patient has a doctor’s prescription. Trust Anderson Diagnostics & Labs, Chennai, for safe and reliable COVID19 RT-PCR tests.
RT-PCR testing is also known as Rapid Antigen Testing or RT-PCR (Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction) test. It is considered one of the most accurate testing methods to detect the presence of the COVID19 virus. The RT-PCR is recommended by regulatory agencies such as the FDA and Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations.
Your doctor will recommend an RT-PCR COVID 19 test if you exhibit the following symptoms:
COVID19 remains a mysterious and unpredictable disease, and so are the symptoms associated with it. Some infected people are completely asymptomatic, and not all infected people develop the symptoms listed above. We advise you to consult your doctor if you have any of the above symptoms, irrespective of whether you are vaccinated or not.
To screen for the presence of the COVID19 virus, our lab technician will collect samples of the respiratory material found in your nose and throat using nasal swabs or nasopharyngeal swabs. The swabs are carefully sealed in a tube and brought to our lab for further testing procedures.
In the final PCR step, our technicians use a special PCR machine known as a thermal cycler and several special chemicals to check for the presence of the virus. These chemicals induce a reaction that creates millions of copies of the COVID19 virus’s genetic material. The thermal cycler alerts the technician if SARS-CoV-2 is present in the sample, and a special software interprets the positive results.
A negative test result can mean an absence of COVID19 infection when the sample was drawn. However, it does not mean that you are completely safe. It is possible that you are infected but don’t have symptoms. Also, there is the possibility of viral presence that wasn’t detected in the test.
It is important to remember that you are susceptible to SARS-Cov-2 infection even after the RT-PCR test.
The RT-PCR test is priced differently across states. COVID test charges vary for Government hospitals and private healthcare institutions. The RT-PCR test rate is different across states. Generally, the test cost is around Rs. 300/ for Government hospitals and not more than Rs. 1000/ in other centres. You may have to pay extra if you want the technician to make a house visit to collect the sample.
You can contact us for the details regarding COVID test charges in Chennai.
The duration for the test report availability for an RT-PCR COVID19 test can vary from a few hours to a few days. You may collect the report from our lab in Chennai or generate the RT-PCR test report online. We strongly advise you to consult your referring doctor as soon as you have the results.
RT-PCR tests are now a mandate for air travel. The test is compulsory if you are travelling to certain states within India or flying abroad. The guidelines for the RT-PCR test for travel differs for each state. You may check here for the travel guidelines.
Thanks to the pandemic, the norms for travel are highly confusing, demanding, and stressful. We at Anderson Diagnostics & Labs endeavour to simplify the process for you with quick and easy Molecular RT-PCR COVID testing. Our test results are accepted worldwide, and we shall deliver them within 24 hours.
We recommend a COVID RT-PCR test for anyone who experiences the initial symptoms of the viral infection, which are mainly the loss of smell and difficulty in breathing. People with other flu-like symptoms should not mistake it as a common cold. You must have a COVID RT-PCR test if you have any of the symptoms we have mentioned earlier.
You will require an RT-PCR test if you have any of the symptoms associated with COVID19. The test is also mandatory if you are travelling abroad or to other states in the country.
Yes, the RT-PCR test is available for children of all ages and senior citizens. This test is the most widely used qualitative method to detect specific nucleic acids in genetic material. It is used worldwide to detect the presence of the COVID19 virus.
Yes, of course. To know more about our RT-PCR test home collection, click here.
The COVID RT-PCR test is completely harmless, and you will not experience any side effects. However, there is a high chance of getting a false-negative or false-positive result.
COVID-19 diagnostic tests are broadly classified into Antigen Rapid Diagnostic Tests and Antibody tests. Both tests use different samples to identify different variations of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. All RT-PCR tests are diagnosed in labs. However, Lateral Flow Tests or LTFs can diagnose COVID19 on the spot. But they are not as accurate as PCR tests. Serology or antibody tests cannot diagnose an active infection. Yet, they can be used to determine a person’s immunity to COVID19.
Based on what we know about the SARS-Cov-2 virus, older adults and those with the following medical conditions are highly vulnerable to the virus: