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.
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.