Is Your Cough from COVID-19?

Now that flu season is approaching fast, it will be extremely difficult to determine if a cough is due to a common cold, Influenza A or B, or possibly COVID-19. Ascent now has the solution: BioFire®.

BioFire® is a new, state-of-the-art machine that performs multiple tests from just one nasal swab. Why spend unnecessary time, money, and have multiple swabs performed? This is especially important for children who typically will not tolerate more than one swab test being performed. At Ascent Emergency Medical Center, one swab can provide 21 tests with results in less than one hour!

BioFire® Testing in Houston, TX

Today’s current health climate has many people wondering where they can go to receive the fastest and most accurate tests to remove the guesswork out of diagnosing infectious viruses like Coronavirus, and Ascent Emergency Medical Center has the answer. The BioFire® FilmArray® Respiratory Panel 2 (RP2) testing used in our facility targets 21 viruses and bacteria from a straightforward test (please see below for a complete list).

BioFire’s syndromic infectious disease testing has simplified laboratory processes across the world so patients can get the information they need to protect not only their own health, but the health and safety of their families, friends, and co-workers too. And because testing for Coronavirus in Houston is done in-house at Ascent, it can be used 24/7 to provide in-house results and remove the need to send out samples for additional testing.

Virus Testing Near You

Instead of waiting for days for the results that you’re eager to know, you can receive the information you need in as little as one hour with virus testing in Houston from our board-certified doctors. As one of the few ERs in Houston providing BioFire testing near you, it just makes sense to visit our facility, knowing that you’ll receive confirmed results from one swab that tests for 21 different viruses and bacteria in our certified moderate complexity lab. Call us now to learn more or to make an appointment for testing.

Before You Visit

If you’re interested in having a bacteria and virus test near you with the BioFire FilmArray Respiratory Panel 2 (RP2), we ask that you call ahead. And when you call, we can also arrange pre-registration to make your visit even more streamlined.

VIRUSES That Can Be Tested:

  • Adenovirus Coronavirus 229E
  • Coronavirus HKU1
  • Coronavirus NL63
  • Coronavirus OC43
  • Human Metapneumovirus
  • Human Rhinovirus/Enterovirus
  • Influenza A
  • Influenza A/H1
  • Influenza A/H1-2009
  • Influenza A/H3
  • Influenza B
  • Parainfluenza Virus 1
  • Parainfluenza Virus 2
  • Parainfluenza Virus 3
  • Parainfluenza Virus 4
  • Respiratory Syncytial Virus

BACTERIA That Can Be Tested:

  • Bordetella parapertussis*
  • Bordetella pertussis
  • Chlamydia (Chlamydophila) pneumoniae
  • Mycoplasma pneumoniae

Whatever the time of day, or day of the week, our board-certified physicians provide bacteria and virus testing in Houston at our state-of-the-art freestanding emergency room near you.

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