Trussville Logo

PCR Testing

PCR Testing services offered in Trussville Community, Birmingham, AL

PCR Testing services offered in the greater Trussville Community, Birmingham, AL area

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. 

PCR Testing Q & A

What is PCR testing?

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.

What are the benefits of PCR testing?

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.


What happens during PCR testing?

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.

What can I expect after PCR testing?

Your Trussville Urgent Care provider discusses the results of the PCR test with you, often the same day as testing. 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.