Rapid Covid Test DFW

Which Covid test is best for you? Learn more about the differences between rapid PCR vs RT-PCR testing, plus where to go to get tested in the Dallas area


Covid Testing – Greater Dallas Fort-Worth Area

Do you have a fever or a cough? Are you having trouble breathing, fatigue, or body aches? If you do, it may be COVID19. If you live in the Greater Dallas Fort Worth Area and suspect that you have COVID, Citra has seven clinics nearby that can help you undergo a PCR or antigen test in Dallas. 

Each of our clinics is open seven days a week and provides both PCR and Antigen testing. No appointment is required! You can walk into any of our clinics, get tested, and receive the results the same day. 

Read on if you're wondering if a rapid, PCR, or antigen test suits you.


What Is a Covid Rapid Test?

The rapid test uses a nasal swab to detect infection by looking for the genetic material of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. This test must be performed using specialized equipment, but it is processed on-site and delivers results on the same day it is completed. This test is ideal for pre-travel COVID screening, as it is more accurate than an antigen test while still being fast. 

Citra offers the rapid covid test at each of its clinics. We allow daily walk-ins for rapid tests until 6:30 PM at the prompt-pay price of $149. We will also provide all the documentation you need to pass the travel inspection. 

You can get your results in person or via the online patient portal.


What Is a Covid PCR Test?

The polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test (also called the reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test or the molecular test) is similar to the rapid test in that it is usually carried out via nasal swab. However, it can also come as a throat or saliva swab. This test typically is administered at a clinic, but the RT-PCR process must then be completed at a lab, which can take up to three business days. The trade-off for this waiting period is the most accurate COVID test available.

Fortunately, Citra offers this test at each clinic where we are able to process the sample on site with results in as little as 45 minutes. You can do the PCR test in Dallas at any location in the DFW area, and slots are available from 8 AM to 8 PM. Like the rapid test, you can receive your test results and necessary documentation in person or via the online patient portal.

If you need peace of mind that no other test can provide and don't mind the 3-day wait, then we recommend the PCR covid test in Dallas.


What Is a Covid Antigen Test?

The antigen test uses a nasal swab to detect infection by immersing the swab in a solution that reacts to specific proteins on the surface of the SARS CoV-2 virus. This test is available at most pharmacies as a do-it-yourself kit and delivers results in minutes. 

You will most likely want the rapid test if you are traveling or have a social commitment that day, and you want to be reasonably sure you won't spread COVID. It's a simple test that can be done without a doctor's direct aid, although it has a higher chance of getting incorrect results than the other two tests covered on this page.

You can pick up an antigen test in Dallas at any of Citra's locations, so if you are feeling a bit of a tingle in your throat and are wondering whether it's COVID or a more common cold, walk in and pick up a kit.


Before You Go

In conclusion, if you need a PCR test in Dallas, Citra can easily help you at any one of our locations. If on the other hand you are looking for something quicker such as the antigen test or the rapid covid test in DFW, Citra won’t let you down either. 

Search for the closest location on our website.