At Home Lab Testing

Scalpel has teamed up with local providers to offer PCR and Immunoassay testing for the novel coronavirus in Upstate South Carolina.

For more information or to request at home testing you can fill out the form to the right or call the number below between the hours of 9am-5pm EST Monday through Friday.

Call Us (864) 363-4387

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Our Services

Covid-19 Rapid Immunoassay • $69

Includes our mobile lab coming to your door and performing rapid testing for Covid-19 (IgG and IgM) by finger stick. Results take about 10-20 minutes and will be given to you over the phone. Additional testing can be done for $59 per household member. Includes rapid consult / digital review with MD if needed to order testing. This test is not approved by the FDA or diagnostic of active coronavirus infection.

Covid-19 PCR Testing • $119

Includes our mobile lab coming to your door and taking a nasal or oral swab. Results will take several days as the tests are processed by a third party laboratory. Additional testing can be done for $109 per household member. We strongly suggest consulting with your regular doctor in terms of getting tested and interpreting results from this test.

Urine Drug Screening (Rapid 12 Panel) • $39

12 panel urine drug screen with controls. Screen done by visual inspection with results in minutes. Done in the convenience of your own home or office. Test screens for amphetamines, methamphetamine, cocaine, benzodiazepines, marijuana/THC, morphine, oxycodone, methadone, PCP, MDMA, barbiturates, and buprenorphine. Tests are limited by false positives and negatives and we strongly suggest abnormal results be verified by a urine drug confirmation panel.

Urine Drug Confirmation (87 Drug/Metaboli) • $109

Urine drug confirmation is the most accurate drug screening that is available. The sample is sent to a third party laboratory which tests for 87 different drugs and drug metabolites with exact numeric values of drugs found down to several nanograms per milliliter. Testing includes Amphetamines and derivatives, Methamphetamines, MDMA, tobacco products, THC/Marijuana, Clonazepam, Alprazolam, Diazepam, Lorazepam, Oxycodone, oxymorphone, Codeine, Hydrocodone, Morphine, Tramadol, Buprenorphine, Fentanyl, Methadone, Cocaine, Zolpidem, Bath Salts, and many others.

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What to Know When Thinking About
Getting Tested for Coronavirus

PCR vs
Immunoassays

PCR Testing For Active Virus

Immunoassays for Immunoglobulins made against the virus

This test is used to find evidence of the active virus in a nasal or oral swab from a patient. It uses a process called the Polymerase Chain Reaction to find and amplify a specific sequence of DNA or RNA. For the Covid-19 corona virus it looks for a specific sequence of RNA or Ribonucleic Acid which the virus uses as its genetic code.

This test is to check if someone has created antibodies in response to being infected with the coronavirus. The test works by having a test cassette with modified pieces of the virus that human antibodies will bind to if present in a blood sample. This antibody complex with the modified viral particles then runs down a membrane and sticks to anti-human antibodies which show up as a positive test result.

PCR Benefits

Immunoassay Benefits

Should show active disease and that a person is still likely contagious. Is usually positive within the first days of having symptoms. The test is specific to Covid-19 and is more likely to be diagnostic of the disease. Most PCR tests have been given emergency authorization by the FDA and a few have been fully approved.

Usually very rapid. Most assays take minutes to complete. Simple to run and can be done with only a few drops of blood. MAY be positive in mid or late active disease, but may take longer to become positive. IT will be positive after the disease has run its course, likely for months to years depending. This test is usually cheaper to run and more easily available. Tests for both IgM and IgB antibodies which can shoe early immune and late immune responses to the virus.

PCR Drawbacks

Immunoassay Drawbacks

Usually limited availability as few labs can run this test. Most laboratories have to send them out to other facilities. The test is usually more expensive and results can take 3-5 days or longer, but some large labs can now do rapid testing. PCR cannot test for prior exposure. This test may still be negative early after exposure and possibly with onset of symptoms. There is also a higher risk of human error with taking a sample and running this test.

Not meant to diagnose active disease. Usually not positive following exposure or during early active disease and for some people may not be positive for longer. Can show a false negative if someone has a weak or compromised immune system. It can shoe a false positive if someone has been exposed to non Covid-19 coronaviruses. Most tests have not been given emergency authorization by the FDA and have to rely only on manufacturer data for validation, which increases risk of inaccurate test results.