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New Molecular Testing

Nucleic acid amplification testing (NAAT) methods directly applicable to stool specimens have recently become available, and these tests offer improved accuracy and turn-around-time compared to older methods. The new NAAT to be offered at LifeLabs has published sensitivity and specificity of 92-95% and 99%, respectively. Studies of the new NAAT method at LifeLabs demonstrated greater than 95% accuracy overall compared to the gold standard toxigenic culture by PCR. Results of testing with the new method will generally be available within 48 hours and often within 24 hours of specimen receipt.

What’s New?

Effective June 3, 2013, LifeLabs will change to a direct nucleic acid amplification test for detection of toxigenic C. difficile in stool specimens. This test will replace direct toxin detection in stool specimens by enzyme immunoassay (EIA) backed up by toxigenic culture for C. difficile by PCR for EIA negative specimens. The new test offers improved diagnostic accuracy compared to EIA testing and more rapid result reporting than toxigenic culture.

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For rush results (NAAT within 12 hours and PCR within 24 hours)

  1. Order your FlyClear test and receive your FlyClear test requisition
  2. Book an appointment at a LifeLabs location below.
    • Bring your printed FlyClear requisition and Passport
    • Select your ordered Province’s Rush Test to start booking:
    British Columbia

    6084 Russ Baker Way
    Richmond near Airport

    COVID-19 PCR (24h) / Rush 12h NAAT

    Ontario

    6084 Russ Baker Way
    Richmond near Airport

    COVID-19 PCR (24h)
    Rush 12h NAAT
    Rapid Antigen (2h)

Pre-Departure testing now available from the comfort of your home with MyVisit (Currently Greater Toronto Area only)

  1. Order your FlyClear test and receive your FlyClear test requisition.
  2. Book your Home Visit appointment with the MyVisit portal or, if your flight is within the next five days, contact a MyVisit coordinator 1-416-993-9579 (Monday – Friday, 9am-5pm EST)

MyVisit Pre-departure testing offers:

  • COVID-19 PCR/NAAT swab testing
  • COVID-19 Antibody Blood (serology) testing

The MyVisit fee is $80 per person.

Pre-Departure testing

Book your appointment online here. If your flight is within the next five days and you have received your FlyClear requisition, please contact a MyVisit coordinator 1-416-993-9579 (Monday – Friday, 9am-5pm EST).

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Please inform staff if you are unable to wear a mask due to a medical condition. 

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