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RxDx commences Rapid Antigen Test, a Point-of-Care (PoC) diagnostic for COVID19, in Bengaluru

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Rapid Antigen Test is a new type of diagnostic approved by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) for fast detection of the virus that causes COVID-19 in patients. It is recommended for use in field settings as well as in healthcare settings in combination with the gold standard RT-PCR Test.

Advantages of Rapid Antigen Test

Speed

Provides results within 15 to 30 minutes
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Economical

Costs Rs 700/- per test

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Accurate

If the test shows a positive result, it is considered as true positive, and does not need reconfirmation

Scalable

Can be used to test on hundreds of people in 1 day in field setting (eg like societies, apartments, corporate, manufacturing facilities etc.)

Easy to Conduct

Does not require specialized machines

Early Diagnosis

Helps with early detection and quick containment

Who should get an Antigen Test done?

In Containment Zones or Hotspots

  •  All patients exhibiting symptomatic (ILI) influenza-like illnesses {patents having acute respiratory infection with fever ≥ 100.4 F (38 degree Celsius) and cough}
  • Asymptomatic direct and high risk contacts (of COVID19 positive patients) with comorbidities (lung disease, heart disease, liver disease, kidney disease, diabetes, neurological disorders, blood disorders)

In healthcare settings

  • All patients exhibiting symptomatic (ILI) influenza-like illnesses {patents having acute respiratory infection with fever ≥ 100.4 F (38 degree Celsius) and cough}
  • Asymptomatic patients who are hospitalised or seeking hospitalisation, in the following high-risk groups:
    • Patients undergoing chemotherapy
    • Immunosuppressed patients including those who are HIV+;
    • Patients diagnosed with malignant disease;
    • Transplant patients
    • Elderly patients (over age 65) with co-morbidities
  • Asymptomatic patients undergoing aerosol-generating surgical/non-surgical interventions such as:
    • Neurosurgery
    • ENT surgery
    • Dental procedures, and
    • Non-surgical interventions like bronchoscopy and dialysis

When should you get tested for COVID19 Rapid Antigen Test?

Should get tested once between day 5 and day 10 of coming into contacts with a COVID19 positive patient.

Can the antigen tests be conducted on-site Test?

Yes, the tests can be conducted on-site under strict medical supervision and within one hour of sample collection in extraction buffer.

How much does the Rapid Antigen Test for COVID-19 costs at RxDx?

This test costs ₹ 700/- if samples are collected at RxDx Whitefield branch in Bengaluru or in RxDx SAMANVAY branch in Malleswaram, North Bengaluru

A home visit for the same will cost ₹ 500/- extra within 5 km radius of our branches

For locations beyond 5 km of the above mentioned RxDx branches, tests will have to be performed onsite. RxDx is organizing camps all over Bengaluru and adjoining districts for Antigen Tests. Apartments, societies, offices, corporates, factories or industries can contact our helpline numbers or leave their details in the Request for Info Forms to receive a call back from our representatives.

Here is the pricing for On-site tests:

 

Rapid Antigen Tests for COVID-19 (CAMP MODE) in and around Bengaluru Amount ()
For a batch of 1 to 5 persons 1,500
For a batch of 6 to 10 persons 1,400
For a batch of 11 to 24 persons 1,300
For a batch of 25 to 49 persons 1,200
For a batch of 50 and above persons 1,000

If my Antigen Test results are negative, can I get a confirmatory RT-PCR Test done at RxDx?

Yes, RT-PCR Test facility is available at RxDx Whitefield branch in Bengaluru. To book a test, please follow these steps

  •  Call 080 4926 1111 to book an RT-PCR Test and provide your name, contact number and email ID
  • Our Care Team will contact you for scheduling your test. They will collect your relevant details and Antigen Test Report and will send you a link for making payment towards the test
  • On the day of the test, report at the Fever Clinic in RxDx Whitefield branch as per schedule
  • Care team will hand over a sanitized kit to you and will direct you to the RT-PCR sample collection booth
  • After your sample is collected, you may exit from the dedicated gate
  • Your report will be emailed to you within 24 – 48 hrs on best effort basis

WHERE WILL RxDx PERFORM ANTIGEN TEST?

As per ICMR guidelines, RxDx will perform rapid antigen in the following places under strict medical supervision

COVID Containment zones or hotspots

Field setting (eg societies, apartments, corporate, manufacturing facilities etc.)

Our Clinics

*IS THE TEST A CONFIRMATORY ONE FOR DIAGNOSIS OF COVID-19?

According to the ICMR, if the test shows a positive result, it should be considered as true positive, and does not need reconfirmation. However, those who test negative in the rapid antigen test should then be tested by RT-PCR to rule out infection.

What are the limitations of an antigen test’s results?
Antigen tests are very specific for COVID19, but are not as sensitive as molecular PCR tests. “This means that positive results from antigen tests are highly accurate, but there is a higher chance of false negatives, so negative results do not rule out infection. Hence, negative results from an antigen test may need to be confirmed with a PCR test prior to making treatment decisions or to prevent the possible spread of the virus due to a false negative.