【PCR Test】Introduction to Different Sampling Methods



PCR test typically requires deep throat saliva, nasal and throat swabs or nasopharyngeal swab samples. Details of the sampling methods are as follows:

Deep throat saliva Nasal and throat swabs Nasopharyngeal swab
Sample Collection
Collect throat and tonsil samples
Collect nostril, throat, and tonsil swab specimen Collect nasopharyngeal swab specimen
Detection RNA Virus RNA Virus RNA Virus

Simple to use

No discomfort
Higher sample qualityDepends
Disadvantages Difficult to control the specimen quality (eating, drinking, brushing teeth or gargling within 2 hrs before sample collection will affect the specimen quality)Cause mild discomfort when inserting swab through nostril

Generally collected by professionals
Cause discomfort (and may trigger sneezing and coughing)

Collected by professionals

Not suitable for children under 6 years old

INDICAID lab Government Recognized PCR Test

INDICAID labTM is conveniently located in Central and provides a safe and quick PCR testing service, allowing you to quickly obtain a government recognised PCR test report:

港島中環檢測中心 INDICAID lab 提供適合3歲以下幼童進行核酸檢測
  • Government recognised, applicable for compulsory testing
  • Provide test report as fast as 6 hours1
  • Suitable for children aged 3 and under2
  • No need for long queues after booking & lower infection risk
  • Independent sampling room, comfortable and hygienic testing environment

Service Details

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Test report by 6pm on the same day for samples submitted before noon

2Toddlers under 3 years old are also suitable for nasal & throat swabs sample collection, eligibility for the test is subject to on-site medical professional judgement