BioFire’s PCR Testing and Rapid Diagnosis of Respiratory Illnesses

BioFire’s PCR Testing

The health of every Houston family reverberates through collective wellbeing. For the families navigating through the pandemic and beyond, ensuring the health and safety of loved ones remains paramount. When it comes to respiratory illnesses like RSV, COVID, Flu, and more, a prompt and accurate diagnosis is the keystone to swift recovery and peace of mind. Enter BioFire’s PCR test, a technological marvel in diagnostics, ensuring your family’s respiratory health is accorded priority and precision.

BioFire’s Unparalleled PCR Technology

BioFire’s Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test, specifically through its FilmArray Respiratory Panel (RP), promises an exemplary diagnostic tool by offering meticulous detection of a broad spectrum of respiratory pathogens. The test unveils its prowess by not only detecting the usual suspects – SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19), Influenza A and B (Flu), and Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) – but also an extensive array of other viral and bacterial pathogens that could wreak havoc on our respiratory tracts.

RSV, a common respiratory virus, showcases symptoms markedly similar to those of the flu and COVID-19, often confusing initial diagnosis efforts. Herein, BioFire’s PCR test plays a pivotal role by deciphering the exact pathogen, granting healthcare professionals a clear path towards precise treatment and management.

Enhancing Patient Care During Crucial Times

Families in Houston are no strangers to the pivotal role quick medical responses play during health emergencies. Utilizing the BioFire FilmArray RP, emergency room services can dramatically reduce the diagnosis time, resulting in expedited treatment and potentially reducing the length of hospital stays. For instance, detecting COVID-19, amidst its symptomatic similarities with other respiratory infections, promptly, ensures that the necessary isolation and treatment protocols can be initiated without delay, safeguarding both the patient and the community.

Moreover, for families with young children and elderly members, who are notably susceptible to severe implications of respiratory infections like RSV and flu, timely diagnosis and intervention facilitated by the PCR test can prove to be lifesaving.

Navigating Through Respiratory Infections

In an era where healthcare decisions are crucial yet complex, understanding the nuances of available diagnostic tools becomes imperative. The BioFire FilmArray RP offers a commendable sensitivity and specificity, making it a reliable companion in our fight against respiratory pathogens. The tool not only distinguishes between a myriad of viruses and bacteria but also ensures that the data is robust and reliable, equipping healthcare providers with the clarity needed to carve out effective treatment plans.

Reliability and Rapidity: An Unmatched Combination

Given the urgency often associated with emergency room visits, especially concerning respiratory illnesses, BioFire’s PCR test takes a mere 45 minutes to unveil comprehensive results of the pathogens present. Such promptness not only accelerates therapeutic interventions but also mitigates the stress and anxiety endured by families during the waiting period.

Moreover, with its ability to test for multiple pathogens simultaneously, it eradicates the need for multiple tests, ensuring that the families receive accurate, comprehensive information promptly, aiding in creating an informed, precise treatment trajectory.

Test for 22 Respiratory Pathogens


● Adenovirus

● Coronavirus 229E

● Coronavirus HKU1

● Coronavirus NL63

● Coronavirus OC43

● Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2)

● Human Metapneumovirus

● Human Rhinovirus/Enterovirus

● Influenza A virus

● Influenza A virus A/H1

● Influenza A virus A/H3

● Influenza A virus A/H1-2009

● Influenza B virus

● Parainfluenza virus 1

● Parainfluenza virus 2

● Parainfluenza virus 3

● Parainfluenza virus 4

● Respiratory syncytial virus


● Bordetella parapertussis

● Bordetella pertussis

● Chlamydia pneumoniae

● Mycoplasma pneumoniae

Rice Emergency Room Has 24/7, 365 Lab Capabilities

For the families in Houston, TX, where each day is embraced with activity, ensuring that health does not become a stumbling block in each day is essential. BioFire’s PCR test, with its rapid, reliable, and comprehensive diagnostic abilities, ensures that when it comes to respiratory illnesses, every family can embark on their healthcare journey with confidence and assurance.

BioFire and its FilmArray RP stand as testaments to technological advancements propelling healthcare into an era where accuracy meets efficiency, offering a beacon of hope and assurance to families, not only amidst a pandemic but in the many seasons of life that lie ahead.

Fore more information on how to get a BioFire PCR test, please give us a call at (713) 524-4400 or let us know you’re on your way here:

Rice Emergency Room is conveniently located in the Rice Village Shopping Center at 2500 Rice Blvd, Houston, TX 77005.

Works Cited

BioFire Diagnostics. (n.d.). The FilmArray Panels: FilmArray Respiratory Panel. Retrieved from [](

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). (n.d.). Respiratory Syncytial Virus Infection (RSV). Retrieved from [](

Texas Department of State Health Services. (n.d.). Texas Respiratory Viral Surveillance. Retrieved from [](

*Note: Always consider checking the website or contacting BioFire Diagnostics for the most recent updates and additional information.*

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