As the need for COVID-19 testing continues to rise, we recognize many laboratories are experiencing more demand than they can supply. Or, a laboratory may not have a PCR system on which to perform this much needed testing. If your lab fits one of these scenarios, US BioTek can help. We have scaled our testing capacity to deliver fast, accurate results to patients across the country, and have successfully partnered with independent labs in the nation’s hotspots to increase testing capacity and decrease the long wait times many are experiencing. As a laboratory partner, we can help you provide this service to your community.
Our COVID-19 Diagnostic Test is performed on a Thermo Fisher RT-PCR platform. RT-PCR is the current preferred testing method of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). By identifying the RNA of the virus, our test specifically detects SARS-CoV-2 virus.
Not only is our test of the highest quality, we provide fast results. From treating patients with an active COVID-19 infection to providing proof of no infection for travel purposes, our 24-48 hour turnaround time can help patients get back to their "new normal."
We use real-time reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) tests to qualitatively detect nucleic acid from SARS-CoV-2, as recommended by the CDC. The RT-PCR platform is FDA-authorized and requires specialized equipment and personnel to identify the virus RNA within cells. This type of testing is considered more accurate than most “rapid” tests. The specificity of the RT-PCR is tested weekly to ensure that newly discovered COVID-19 mutations are detected by the test.
Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) is a relatively simple and widely used molecular biology technique to amplify and detect DNA and RNA sequences. PCR is a highly sensitive method and uses very small volumes for single reactions and to rapidly make millions to billions of copies of a specific RNA sample allowing scientists to take a very small sample of RNA and amplify it to a large enough amount to study in detail.
Reverse transcription PCR (RT-PCR) is used when the starting material is RNA. In this method, RNA is first transcribed into complementary DNA (cDNA) by reverse transcriptase. The cDNA is then used as the template for the polymerase chain reaction.
We are able to accept specimen collected by the following methods:
US BioTek Laboratories can provide a specimen collection kit for collection by nasopharyngeal swab, nasal mid-turbinate swab, or anterior nasal swab. Each kit includes one swab, one transport tube, one biohazard bag, one ice pack, and one requisition form. There is a $7 fee per kit that will be charged upfront.
You may choose to use your own specimen collection materials, but please note we are unable to accept specimen collected with swabs that have a wooden shaft or a cotton or calcium alginate tip.
Once the specimen has been received by our lab, you can expect test results in 24-48 hours. 95% of results are available in 24 hours and 5% in 48 hours. You will be able to view the results via our online portal.
We are a CLIA accredited medical laboratory based in Shoreline, Washington. We employ the latest laboratory technology, advanced automation, and a dedicated research team to ensure the accuracy and reproducibility of every test. We've applied 30+ years experience in laboratory science to refine and optimize the procedures we follow in our tests, resulting in more meaningful and reliable information for providers and patients.