COVID-19 Diagnostic

Test

We use RT-PCR technology to diagnose active infections of the virus.

COVID-19 Virus-1

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As we navigate the spread of COVID-19, we remain committed to serving our healthcare providers in the most impactful way we can. We are pleased to offer a COVID-19 diagnostic test for in-clinic use. Our test is performed with RT-PCR technology, 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 in patients’ cells.

In addition to identifying COVID-19 in a patient that is presenting symptoms, our test can be a helpful tool to track the progression of the disease and confirm when a patient is virus-free.

 

Preferred Testing Method of the CDC

Preferred Testing Method of the CDC

FDA-Approved Testing Platform

FDA-Authorized Testing Platform

Insurance Reimbursable*

Insurance Reimbursable*

Results in 2-3 Days

Results in 2-3 Days

 

*Our test is typically eligible for insurance reimbursement or government reimbursement under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. US BioTek Laboratories does not submit tests for reimbursement, but we do deliver CPT codes and superbills so patients or practitioners can submit for insurance reimbursement.

 

Testing Process

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.

 

COVID-19 Diagnostic Panel Testing Process

Specimen Collection

We are able to accept specimen collected by the following methods:

  • Nasopharyngeal Swab (CDC Recommended)
  • Nasal Mid-Turbinate Swab
  • Oropharyngeal Swab
  • Anterior Nasal Swab

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.

 

View Collection Instructions 

 

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Sample Report

Our reports are straightforward and easy to read, so you and your patient can spend more time on treatment. The report for our COVID-19 Diagnostic Test clearly indicates if the patient is infected with the virus and includes important information about the test.

 

View Sample Report

 

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Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to get test results?

Once the specimen has been received by our lab, you can expect test results in 2-3 days. You will be able to view the results via our online portal.

Do I need to have an account before I can order COVID-19 diagnostic tests?

Yes. We invite licensed healthcare providers to set up an account with us. Our services can be ordered by a healthcare provider who is authorized under his or her scope of practice to order tests and interpret results for the purposes of diagnosis and decisions regarding patient treatment.

 

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I am a patient. Can I order a COVID-19 test from you?

At this time the FDA has not yet approved any at-home testing methods, so we are only able to offer our COVID-19 diagnostic test to medical providers for in-clinic use.

Why use US BioTek Laboratories?

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. 

How to Order COVID-19 Diagnostic Tests

  • Step 1: Create a US BioTek Account

     

    If you do not yet have one, create a US BioTek Laboratories account. It's easy and free of charge.

    Create Account

  • Step 2: Purchase Specimen Collection Kits

     

    Already have a US BioTek account? The next step is to make sure you have appropriate collection materials.

    If you have swabs with synthetic tips and shafts on hand, you may use these  (please review our instructions for specimen collection).

    Alternatively, you can purchase specimen collection kits from US BioTek. These are available to licensed practitioners with a US BioTek account for $7 each and include one swab, one transport tube, one biohazard bag, one ice pack, and one requisition form.

    You must have a registered US BioTek account to order collection kits. Please enter your US BioTek Practitioner ID in the field below. If you have forgotten yours, please call us at 1.206.365.1256 for assistance.

  • Step 3: Download Requisition Form

     

    Upon completion of specimen collection, complete the requisition form included in your test kit and include it in your specimen shipment. You can also complete and print our online interactive pdf form:

    Download Requisition Form

    How to complete the requisition form:

    • Print patient’s name legibly, last name first.
    • Print patient’s address, age, sex, date of birth and phone number(s).
    • Record specimen collection date, collection time, date specimen is shipped, and storage conditions if the specimen is not mailed immediately after collection (i.e. ambient temperature, frozen, refrigerated).
    • Clearly mark the requested test panel(s).
    • Sign the requisition form (must be signed by the ordering practitioner).
    • Select the appropriate billing option and supply credit card information, if applicable. No other information is required when practitioner marks “bill practitioner."
  • Need More Information?

     

    Fill out the form below to request pricing information, specimen requirements, and to submit questions about our COVID-19 Diagnostic Test. Our team will follow up with you quickly.

 
  • Step 1: Create a US BioTek Account
  • Step 2: Purchase Specimen Collection Kits
  • Step 3: Download Requisition Form
  • Need More Information?

Step 1: Create a US BioTek Account

 

If you do not yet have one, create a US BioTek Laboratories account. It's easy and free of charge.

Create Account

Step 2: Purchase Specimen Collection Kits

 

Already have a US BioTek account? The next step is to make sure you have appropriate collection materials.

If you have swabs with synthetic tips and shafts on hand, you may use these  (please review our instructions for specimen collection).

Alternatively, you can purchase specimen collection kits from US BioTek. These are available to licensed practitioners with a US BioTek account for $7 each and include one swab, one transport tube, one biohazard bag, one ice pack, and one requisition form.

You must have a registered US BioTek account to order collection kits. Please enter your US BioTek Practitioner ID in the field below. If you have forgotten yours, please call us at 1.206.365.1256 for assistance.

Step 3: Download Requisition Form

 

Upon completion of specimen collection, complete the requisition form included in your test kit and include it in your specimen shipment. You can also complete and print our online interactive pdf form:

Download Requisition Form

How to complete the requisition form:

• Print patient’s name legibly, last name first.
• Print patient’s address, age, sex, date of birth and phone number(s).
• Record specimen collection date, collection time, date specimen is shipped, and storage conditions if the specimen is not mailed immediately after collection (i.e. ambient temperature, frozen, refrigerated).
• Clearly mark the requested test panel(s).
• Sign the requisition form (must be signed by the ordering practitioner).
• Select the appropriate billing option and supply credit card information, if applicable. No other information is required when practitioner marks “bill practitioner."

Need More Information?

 

Fill out the form below to request pricing information, specimen requirements, and to submit questions about our COVID-19 Diagnostic Test. Our team will follow up with you quickly.