We are switching from our current rapid tests with “back-up cultures” to a molecular strep test during the last week of September and first week of October. What does this mean for you and your child/teen?
(1) Still a rapid test with same day results. We do ask for your patience as we work out the mechanics of the new test machines. It may take us a little longer to call you with results, but should still be an hour or less. Once we get a good rhythm going, we anticipate a similar turnaround time for results as we have currently.
(2) More sensitive test. In other words, far fewer false negatives, and eliminating the need to do confirmatory cultures.
(3) No cultures means no random call 3-5 days later saying Labcorp notified us of a positive culture, and feeling bad that your child has been at school all week with strep.
In short, more reliable and more definitive results faster.
If you have any questions about this during your visit, please ask the provider obtaining the throat swab.