Woman Getting Tested

Rapid Antigen Test

Premier Diagnostics offers a rapid antigen test to detect specific proteins from the SARS-CoV-2 virus. To take the test, a sample is collected from your shallow nostril using a swab. The technician then mixes a special solution with the swab to extract the genetic material of any virus that may be on the swab. The liquid is then placed on a testing cassette which will indicate if antigens from the virus are detected. The test will take about 10 minutes to run.

While antigen testing is not as accurate as RT-PCR testing, the speed and convenience allows many patients to get a needed diagnosis while waiting on the lab results from their RT-PCR test.

Please view this summary​ from the FDA on diagnostic testing.

In most cases, insurance or government programs will cover 100% of the cost of your PCR saliva test. Please complete our online forms to determine if you qualify for insurance/government billing.