COVID-19 TESTING

Updated 03-26-2022

We will update this message if conditions change

COVID testing at RCAM

We have three tests for COVID-19 infection that we offer at RCAM (when available):






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Currently available at RCAM?
YESYESYES
Test name
CEPHEIDLabCorpSofia
Test type
PCRPCRRapid Antigen
Sample needed
Nasopharyngeal swab
Anterior nasal swab
Anterior nasal swab
Timing of result
Processed "in house" at RCAM;
Results in about an hour (or the next morning)
LabCorp processes test;
Results in 2-4 days
Processed "in house" at RCAM;
Results in about an hour
Pros
-PCR is most reliable test;
-Many require a PCR result;
-Quick turnaround;
-Also tests for flu and RSV
-PCR is most reliable test;
-Many require a PCR result;
-Anterior nasal swab is best tolerated; sample to obtain
-Quick turnaround;
-Good test for people with symptoms
Cons-High demand for test so supply can lag (not always available);
-Deep nasal swab is a more uncomfortable sample to obtain
-Timing of result; typically a 2 day turnaround (including weekends); can become 4 days when there are a lot of cases or with holidays
-Many require a PCR result for return to activity so rapid antigen not helpful then;
-Not as good a test to screen people who don't have any symptoms



COVID testing sites in our area:

  • Wake County Testing Sites Linked here.
  • Andor Labs, 1000 Bearcat Way, Suite 100, Morrisville
  • Wake Toxicology, Durham and Cary

Contact Us

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Phone (919) 781-7490

Fax (919) 783-0903

Patient Portal

Duraleigh Office Location

3100 Duraleigh Road, Suite 300
Raleigh, NC. 27612

Directions

Brier Creek Office Location

10208 Cerny Street, Suite 100
Raleigh, NC. 27617

Directions

  • *On Wednesdays we typically do not open our doors until 9am (We do have an occasional Wednesday that we will open at 8am)
  • Outside of regular office hours, calls automatically go to our answering service
  • On weekdays during lunch from 12:30pm to 1:30pm, calls are automatically transferred to our answering service
  • All patient visits by appointment only