STAT UTI Diagnosis & Accurate Treatment

Total Urology Care of New York

Urologists and Urogynecologists & Urological Surgeons located in New York, NY

If you have a urinary tract infection (UTI), you know the misery of pain and urinary symptoms all too well. Antibiotics are an excellent treatment for UTIs, but to effectively target the specific UTI bacteria, you need the right antibiotic. That’s why Total Urology Care of New York now offers polymerase chain reaction (PCR) molecular testing for UTIs at their onsite testing lab in Midtown West, Manhattan. This advanced UTI test identifies the bacteria and matches it with the antibiotic that’s most effective, so you can start your antibiotic prescription that day. For fast UTI help, call the New York City office or book your appointment online.

PCR Molecular Testing for UTIs Q & A

What is PCR molecular testing for UTIs?

PCR molecular testing is the evolution of urinary tract infection testing. PCR molecular testing for UTIs screens for 24 different pathogens and a number of antibiotic resistance markers. A standard UTI test just checks whether a certain level of bacteria is present in your urine. 

Standard UTI tests may not identify some infections. For example, a UTI that exists with just a small amount of bacteria in your urinary tract may go undetected with a standard UTI test. A standard UTI test also doesn’t tell you which antibiotics you’re resistant to like PCR molecular testing. 

With PCR molecular testing, your specialist can learn the exact bacterial strain causing your UTI. This allows your doctor to prescribe the antibiotic that will work best to eradicate that bacteria and end your UTI while keeping any individual antibiotic resistance in mind. 

PCR molecular testing offers a level of UTI testing specificity that wasn’t possible before, even with more complex lab urine cultures. And it does so far faster. You get results the same day versus several days or longer with a urine culture.

How does PCR molecular testing for UTIs work?

The streamlined UTI testing process is now more convenient and easier than ever with PCR molecular testing. 

Because Total Urology Care of New York has a high-complexity lab on site, you simply drop off your urine sample in the lab and then get your results and an antibiotic prescription that same day. 

When you have the right drug, antibiotics work very quickly for UTI treatment. If you’re dealing with recurrent urinary tract infections or have serious UTI symptoms and need immediate relief, PCR molecular testing can be the miracle you need for fast recovery. 

When do I need PCR molecular testing for UTIs?

If you have symptoms of a UTI, your Total Urology Care of New York provider may recommend PCR molecular testing. Some common UTI symptoms include:

  • Burning urethra 
  • Urethral pain
  • Pain during urination
  • Increased urge to urinate
  • Passing small amounts of urine
  • Bladder pain
  • Pelvic pain
  • Cloudy, pink, red, or dark urine 

The above symptoms are often associated with cystitis (bladder inflammation) or urethritis (urethral inflammation), both of which occur because of an underlying UTI. 

Total Urology Care of New York is proud to offer the latest innovations in urology care, including their new onsite, same-day PCR molecular testing lab. If you need UTI testing or a UTI prescription, call the office or click the online appointment scheduler. 

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