If you develop symptoms of COVID-19 or other infectious diseases, see the urgent care experts at Trussville Urgent Care in Birmingham, Alabama. The highly trained specialists offer PCR testing to rule out or detect possible medical issues that require medical intervention. Schedule an evaluation at Trussville Urgent Care by phone or online today to determine if PCR testing is right for you.
PCR testing, or polymerase chain reaction testing, is a diagnostic test that can diagnose genetic changes and infectious diseases. It can detect the RNA or DNA of a disease-causing organism or abnormal cell sample.
Trussville Urgent Care uniquely provides a Commission on Office Laboratory Accreditation (COLA) high-complexity lab on-site, offering tests that require clinical laboratory expertise. Most PCR results are available on the same day as testing. Trussville Urgent Care provides PCR testing for COVID-19 performed by Alynsia Robinson, PhD.
PCR tests are highly effective for diagnosing certain medical issues. Unlike many other diagnostic tests, PCR testing can detect diseases and illnesses in the earliest stages, sometimes even before symptoms develop. Such tests identify bacteria, viruses, or other pathogens, even if only a very small number are present in the body.
Early detection offers peace of mind and the ability to seek proper treatment, reducing your risk of complications and minimizing recovery times.
Your Trussville Urgent Care specialist determines if you’re a candidate for PCR testing after discussing your symptoms, medical history, and lifestyle. They check your vital signs, complete a physical exam, and let you know which diagnostic tests best suit your unique needs.
During PCR testing, your specialist takes a sample of your saliva, mucus, urine, or tissues during a swab. They place the sample in a specialized machine and add an enzyme called a polymerase to produce copies of the sample. After about an hour, the machine can detect a virus, bacteria, other pathogen.
Your Trussville Urgent Care provider discusses the results of the PCR test with you, often the same day as testing. They let you know if you have COVID-19 or any other medical concerns.
Depending on your diagnosis, they may recommend rest and fluids, over-the-counter medications, prescription medications, injections, IV infusions, or other treatments to minimize symptoms and optimize your recovery.
Schedule an evaluation at Trussville Urgent Care by phone or online today to determine if you’re a candidate for PCR testing.