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COVID-19 tests

Several types of COVID-19 tests are available at our Institute as well.

1. SARS-CoV-2 PCR test

The PCR test detects the presence of the virus’s RNA in a sample taken from the pharynx even before the onset of symptoms. One of the prerequisites for a successful test is the correct sampling and the presence of an adequate virus count in the sample. The test provides an answer as to whether the patient is infected with the virus at the time of the sampling.

Price: 28,000 HUF

How to prepare for the test?

In order to ensure the accuracy of the sampling’s result, the patient must not eat, drink, brush teeth, smoke or perform any activity that may affect the density and composition of mucous secretions during the 8-10 hours before sampling. E.g. you should not use mouthwash, consume candy or chew gum. Patients should only drink clean water even if they are very thirsty. However, if possible, this should be avoided 6 hours before the test.

How is the test carried out?

The test is performed via an oral sample taken from the posterior pharynx.

How long does it take to get the results?

The results of the tests are available within 48 hours at the earliest. The results of the test are submitted to the National eHealth Infrastructure (EESZT) by the laboratory service provider, which can be accessed via the client gateway.
In addition, you can download the results from our online customer service interface following the validation, no later than 48 hours after sampling.

What happens if the result is positive?

The result can be “negative”, “positive, further testing required”, or “sample cannot be evaluated”.
If the test result is “sample cannot be evaluated”, further testing is required.
In case the result is “positive, further testing required”, the patient will be notified by phone and will receive information about the further steps.



2. SARS-CoV-2 IgG in vitro test

The test shows antibody levels triggered by the COVID-19 infection. Thus, the test may be positive for an infection that is currently active or one that has occurred earlier and is no longer active. It is important that a PCR test can make a distinction between an ongoing infection and an infection that is no longer active.

Price: 15,000 HUF

How to prepare for the test?

No preparations are needed for the test.

How is the test carried out?

The test is performed on venous blood.

How long does it take to get the results?

The results of the tests are available within 48 hours at the earliest. The results of the test are submitted to the National eHealth Infrastructure (EESZT) by the laboratory service provider, which can be accessed via the client gateway.
In addition, you can download the results from our online customer service interface following the validation, no later than 48 hours after sampling.

What results can the test show?

The result can be “negative”, “positive”, or “sample cannot be evaluated”.
If the test result is “sample cannot be evaluated”, further testing is required.
In the event of a “positive” test result, we will notify you in the medical opinion and inform you about the further steps required.



3. SARS-CoV-2 PCR and IgG combined test

A combination of PCR and IgG in vitro tests performed at the same time, which are evaluated together. Based on this, a decision can be made as to whether any COVID-19 infection is currently occurring, has occurred earlier, or in all likelihood has not yet occurred.

Price: 40,000 HUF

How to prepare for the test?

In order to ensure the accuracy of the sampling’s result, the patient must not eat, drink, brush teeth, smoke or perform any activity that may affect the density and composition of mucous secretions during the 8-10 hours before sampling. E.g. you should not use mouthwash, consume candy or chew gum. Patients should only drink clean water even if they are very thirsty. However, if possible, this should be avoided 6 hours before the test.

How is the test carried out?

The test is performed via an oral sample of the posterior pharynx and by examining venous blood.

How long does it take to get the results?

The results of the tests are available within 48 hours at the earliest. The results of the test are submitted to the National eHealth Infrastructure (EESZT) by the laboratory service provider, which can be accessed via the client gateway.
In addition, you can download the results from our online customer service interface following the validation, no later than 48 hours after sampling.



4. SARS-CoV-2 rapid antigen test

The rapid test, which detects viral antigen, provides results within 15 minutes. The test provides an answer as to whether the patient is infected with the virus at the time of the sampling. If the result is positive, a SARS-CoV-2 PCR test should be performed to confirm the findings.

Price: 18,000 HUF

How to prepare for the test?

In order to ensure the accuracy of the sampling’s result, the patient must not eat, drink, brush teeth, smoke or perform any activity that may affect the density and composition of mucous secretions during the 8-10 hours before sampling. E.g. you should not use mouthwash, consume candy or chew gum. Patients should only drink clean water even if they are very thirsty. However, if possible, this should be avoided 6 hours before the test.

How is the test carried out?

The test is performed via an oral sample taken from the posterior pharynx.

How long does it take to get the results?

15 minutes.

What results can the test show?

The result can be “negative”, “positive”, or “invalid”.
If the result is “positive”, a SARS-CoV-2 PCR test (see page 1) is required.
If the test result is “invalid”, further testing is required.




A comparison of the sensitivity and specificity of each test is provided in the table below:

Sensitivity is the percentage of infected people among actually infected people who test negative for the virus.
Specificity is the percentage of healthy people among actually healthy people who test negative for the virus.
This means that if both values are high for a test, the probability of a false-negative and false-positive result is small.

  Sensitivity
 Specificity
SARS-CoV-2 PCR test
   99%
   >99%
SARS-CoV-2 lgG in vitro test
   99%    >99%
SARS-CoV-2 PCR and lgG combined test
   >99%    >99%
SARS-CoV-2 rapid antigen test
   70%    95%


If you would like to make an appointment or ask for more information, call our dispatcher service on weekdays between 08:00 and 20:00 on +36 1 489 5200!