Saliva-based RT-PCR Test
Premier Diagnostics uses a saliva-based RT-PCR test to detect the COVID-19 virus. To take this test, patients excrete saliva into a sterile test tube provided to them at the testing site. The saliva samples are then collected and transported to a processing lab located in South Jordan, Utah. There, the samples undergo a DNA amplification process called Polymerase chain reaction, or PCR. This process amplifies the possibly infected DNA to allow detection of the COVID-19 virus.
PCR tests are 98.9% accurate and have EUA approval from the FDA. Please view this summary from the FDA on diagnostic testing.
Same-day results are available to patients who test in the following locations before the designated cutoff time:
South Jordan location before 11:00 am
Daybreak locaiton before 10:30 am
Sandy locaiton before 10:30 am
West Jordan location before 10:30 am
Lehi location before 10:30 am
Pleasant Grove location before 10:30 am
Orem location before 10:15 am
Same-day test results are emailed to the patient by 8:30 pm on the day of their test. Otherwise, results are emailed to the patient by 8:30 pm the following day.
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.