WHAT IS A PCR URINE TEST?
The PCR urine test utilizes a technologically advanced process to “copy” a portion of DNA from the patient’s urine sample in order to identify the precise pathogen causing their UTI, which antibiotics may be most effective to treat their UTI, and to which antibiotics their bacteria may be resistant.
WILL MY INSURANCE BE CHARGED?
Yes, this is not a urine dipstick or empiric treatment. In order to provide immediate service, UTI clinic specimens are tested using a rapid and advanced DNA detection technique, known as PCR. We will submit a claim to your Insurance carrier on file. After your insurance processes your claim, You may receive an EOB from […]
DOES MY INSURANCE COVER PCR URINE TEST?
CareFirst Blue Choice, Optimum Choice, and MDIPA Patients: Unfortunately, CareFirst Blue Choice, Optimum Choice, MDIPA, and some other insurance plans do not cover this service when provided by AAUrology, and do not have any approved lab in their network which does provide this service. As an alternative, AAUrology can do one of the following: accept […]
WHO SHOULD NOT RECEIVE CARE IN VIRTUAL UTI CLINIC?
If you have any of the following symptoms, your condition warrants more complex evaluation than we can provide as part of the Virtual UTI Clinic and, dependent on condition and availability, you should seek immediate care in settings such as those mentioned above. Persistent fever greater than101.5 degrees. Visible blood in urine which is ‘ketchup’ […]
WHAT IS THE PROCESS FOR NEW PATIENTS?
We try to make the process for new patients as seamless as possible, but there are a few extra steps for a new patient to AAU. Calling the UTI clinic at 410-295-0626 before your visit will help expedite this process. Additional information is required for new patients in order to ensure providers can safely prescribe […]
WHEN WILL I GET MY RESULTS?
Your urine specimen will be tested in the office immediately for evidence of infection, and a decision about short term treatment will be made on that basis today. Results from your PCR Urine Test will usually be available in 12-36 hours. After results are available, you will be contacted by a specialty trained urology provider […]
CAN SOMEONE OTHER THAN THE PATIENT DROP OFF SAMPLE?
It is preferred that patients come to the UTI clinic themselves to complete required paperwork and submit a “fresh” clean caught urine sample. We understand that in certain circumstances this is not possible, and exceptions can be made when a patient is immobile or disabled. Please call the UTI clinic at 410-295-0626 to confirm that […]
CAN PATIENTS WITH FOLEY CATHETERS OR PATIENTS THAT PERFORM INTERMITTENT CATHETERIZATION USE THE UTI CLINIC?
YES…..For patients with foley catheters – urine should be obtained directly from the foley tubing (not the bag, which is contaminated with bacteria). The catheter can be plugged until urine is obtained from the foley tubing. Please allow extra time in the clinic if you have a foley catheter. For patients performing intermittent catheterization – […]
CAN MEN USE THE UTI CLINIC?
YES……………BUT UTIs in men are less common and often related to an underlying issue such as incomplete emptying related to an enlarged prostate, bladder stones, kidney stones, or prostatitis. Because of this, additional screening may be required, and an office visit may be recommended to ensure resolution of an infection and evaluate any underlying causes.
WHY DO I NEED TO COME IN PERIODICALLY FOR AN OFFICE VISIT?
While the UTI clinic provides prompt treatment of bothersome episodic urinary tract infections, it does not take the place of ongoing, routine urologic care. Additionally, when a patient has urinary symptoms, microscopic or visible blood in the urine, but no infection has been detected, it is imperative that a patient is evaluated by a provider […]