At the network laboratories it is possible to perform the molecular swab (RT-PCR) with QR CODE, which can be booked online and / or by telephone at the numbers indicated below.

FOR INFORMATION: tamponi@artemisialab.it

You do NOT need a medical prescription but only the health card / tax code.
Cost € 60 – report by 6:00 pm on the day following the pick-up from Monday to Friday – 48h Saturday and Sunday
For special needs (e.g. travel reasons requiring a medical report before 24h), please send an email to:  tamponi@artemisialab.it

The report is in two languages ​​(Italian / English) and it is possible to insert an identity document upon request by filling in the appropriate field on informed consent and communicating it during the acceptance phase.

The tests can be performed at one of the following locations and / or at home and no medical prescription is required
1) Piazza Fiume – Via Piave, 76 – Tel. 06 42100
2) Cassia San Godenzo – Via Cassia, 536 – Tel. 06 33 10 393
3) Nomentana Battery – Via Nomentana, 523 – Tel. 06 44291367
4) Appia Alban Hills – Via Sermoneta 50 – Tel. 06 78178
5) Appia / Tuscolana – Via delle Cave, 86 – Tel. 06 784434
6) Eur / Marconi – Via A. Lo Surdo, 42 – Tel. 06 55185
7) Ostia – Via Capo Soprano, 7 – Tel. 06 56 82 798
8) Aurelio / Boccea P.zza dei Giureconsulti, 27 – Tel. 6620392

The falsification of documents is unfortunately a very widespread practice that can cause damage to the individual and to the community, in addition to discrediting nationally and internationally.
In this phase of socio-economic restart, the reliability and originality of health certifications is a priority, first of all, the report of molecular or antigenic swabs, to allow travel and travel, where required.
Unfortunately, there have been reported cases of falsification of the reports, with the consequent reporting of those responsible to the Judicial Authority.
With this in mind, for the MOLECULAR and antigenic SWABS anti Covid-19 service, Artemisia Lab has prepared the REPORTING SYSTEM WITH QR CODE, a solution that allows you to automatically check, through an easy-to-use and application method, the originality of the report.
As is known, the QR CODE is a consolidated and widely used technology as a tool for instant online connection and communication.
The laboratories of the Artemisia Lab network have adopted this solution so that, by framing the QR CODE displayed on the paper report with the camera of a smartphone, it is possible to view it digitally, thus verifying the correspondence of the data and, therefore, the authenticity of the document.

The nasopharyngeal molecular swab is a rapid examination, which can be performed in a few seconds by healthcare personnel, has the aim of identifying with a molecular technique (from a nasopharyngeal swab) the presence of RNA of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, responsible for the COVID- 19 (acronym for Co (corona), Vi (virus), D (disease, which in English means disease) and 19 (the year of identification of the virus).
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses known to cause illnesses ranging from the common cold to more serious illnesses such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). Coronaviruses were identified in the mid-1960s and are known to infect humans and some animals. To date, seven coronaviruses are known to cause disease in humans. They have a rounded morphology and dimensions of 100-150 nm in diameter, their name derives from the fact that under the transmission electron microscope, the virions appear spherical with a “crown” shape. This particular aspect is due to the presence of the spike protein (from the English tip, spike) represented by the glycoprotein (S), formed by two functional subunits (S1 and S2) which, together, form a crown surrounding the virion. It is the S-glycoprotein that determines the specificity of the virus for the epithelial cells of the respiratory tract. Additional structural proteins include: the envelope (E), the matrix protein (M) and the nucleocapsid (N).
The Coronavirus genome consists of a single large-sized RNA strand; no larger RNA viruses are known. The mode of transmission of SARS-CoV-2, in the light of current knowledge, is by droplets and by contact with the patient’s respiratory secretions, contaminated surfaces and equipment. The incubation period seems to vary from 1 to 14 days, that of manifestation of the disease from 3 to 7 days after exposure, but several studies have shown that it can also occur asymptomatically.

In symptomatic patients, the most common signs are fever and cough, but it can also present with symptoms such as dyspnoea, muscle pain, sore throat, headache, diarrhea, conjunctivitis, loss of taste or smell. In more complex cases, pneumonia can develop into a condition that requires hospitalization, in the most serious and urgent cases, in intensive care. The people most susceptible to severe forms are the elderly and those with chronic conditions such as diabetes and heart disease.

The examination allows to detect the possible presence of the SARS-Cov-2 virus, the causative agent of COVID-19; the analysis is carried out by amplification of viral nucleic acids with the Real-Time RT-PCR (Reverse Transcription-Polymerase Chain Reaction) method.
The test shows if the subject has a Sars-CoV-2 infection, “photographing” the condition at the time of collection; it should be borne in mind that the presence of the virus is not detectable in case of low viral load or if the swab is carried out in the extremely initial phase of contagion.
The maneuver to obtain a nasopharyngeal respiratory secretion sample can cause discomfort and rarely bleeding. The tampon is still painless, although for some people it may be annoying, and is carried out by inserting a stick, flocked at the end, into one of the two nostrils until it reaches the posterior wall of the nasopharynx (upper part of the pharynx).

The sample taken will be analyzed by the highly specialized laboratory of medical genetics and molecular biology of the Artemisia Lab Network “Laboratory of Clinical Analysis Alessandria Srl”, located in Rome, Via Velletri, 10, a health facility authorized by the virology laboratory of IRCCS Spallanzani, part of the Coronet network. The result will be sent by email within 24 hours of arrival at the laboratory. This term, however, may vary due to needs related to repetition of the examination, suboptimal results, diagnostic investigations or interpretative doubts.

The result may give rise to:

  • not detected / negative: ongoing Sars-Cov-2 (COVID-19) infection is excluded
  • detected / positive: ongoing Sars-Cov-2 (COVID-19) infection is confirmed
  • indeterminate / invalid: the sample collected may be insufficient and / or unsuitable for the examination.

The molecular analysis on a swab is performed with the aid of CE-IVD kits with a sensitivity and specificity higher than 95%. Despite the high specificity, the analysis is not infallible and there may be cases of false negatives (due to the unsuitability of the sample, to a very low viral load or to spontaneous mutations in the target sequence) and it is therefore recommended that the test be repeated a second time. once, or sometimes even several times, in the presence of symptomatology indicative of COVID-19 and despite an initial negative response to the investigation.Molecular diagnostic tests for SARS-CoV-2 infection are performed at no charge to the SRG. Molecular tests and related reports, complete with personal data (sensitive personal data) will be recorded and sent to the Lazio regional IT platform, COVID body, and will be used for public health purposes.

If the test is positive, the personal data and the result will be sent electronically to the SISP (Hygiene and Public Health Service) of the competent ASL, as well as to the regional notification body SERESMI with a special form prepared by the Lazio Region ( Annex 3 of the Order of the President of the Lazio Region of 17/03/2020, n.Z00009).
It is reiterated that in case of positivity you must contact your general practitioner and / or pediatrician of free choice informing him of the positivity to the SARS-CoV-2 virus, and you will therefore be asked by the competent Health Authorities to undergo mandatory home isolation and fiduciary domiciliation will also be imposed for cohabitants and close contacts. It will also have to comply with the rules indicated by the Ministry of Health and the Lazio Region for effective prevention of the spread of the coronavirus.
The service is carried out in compliance with the indications of the Lazio Region, in compliance with the procedures for containing the infection provided for the carrying out of the swabs of the nasal cavities (circular of the Ministry of Health n ° 2302 OF 27/01/2020) and the procedures for the correct use of PPE by the Operator (regional note prot.n.U0218196 of 11.3.2020).
Any positivity must in any case be reported to your doctor, GP / PLS and there is an obligation of home isolation, respecting the rules related to social distancing even within your home and / or your car.

Direzione: Via Velletri 10 Roma

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