UT Southwestern Medical Center is committed to supporting the Dallas-Fort Worth area as our community transitions through this pandemic. We offer a COVID-19 testing and screening solution developed specifically for businesses, organizations, and schools. This screening is for individuals who do not exhibit signs and symptoms of COVID-19. This screening aims to identify people you might have the COVID-19 virus but appear to be healthy or have no symptoms; it is important to identify infected people so they can stay away from others and seek appropriate care. This helps organizations and businesses to open up safely and protect their employees and customers. Our goal is to help empower you with the knowledge needed to implement and maintain effective strategies to promote healthy working and learning environments.
Read more about the symptoms of COVID-19. If you are currently experiencing signs or symptoms of COVID-19, please contact your primary care physician.
About the Test
The Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) test is a COVID-19 high-quality, clinical-grade test. This method utilizes molecular technology to amplify COVID-19 ribonucleic acid (RNA) to identify the presence of the virus.
Specimen is collected with an anterior nasal swab method, which is quick and noninvasive. This method is done by gently inserting the entire soft tip of a swab into one nostril until a bit of resistance is felt and then rubbing the swab in a circle around the nasal membrane.
The RT-PCR is known for the being: