Our offer includes the following laboratory tests:
- molecular biological SARS-Cov-2 testing (Covid-19 RT PCR) for screening purposes, contact tracing or in suspected cases from throat swab material
- immunochromatographic lateral flow assay (Covid-19 rapid antigen test) for the detection of SARS-Cov-2 antigen in suspected cases from throat swab material
- serological detection (ECLIA) of SARS-Cov-2 antibodies (IgTotal, quantitative) from serum/plasma, which gives information about a Covid-19 infection already passed through or reveals how well the immune system has reacted to a Covid immunization.
Our PCR results are usually sent to you within 12-36 hours and are suitable for submission to the health authority. The result of the antigen test is available within approx. 20 minutes (only on a physicians request). The antigen tests must also be performed by a healthcare professional.
Since June it is possible for employees and students of the Carinthia University of Applied Sciences to admit themselves to at test in our laboratory in the event of a suspected case, but also as a precaution, for example after a stay abroad (e.g. from a risk area). Also external persons (private individuals) have the opportunity to order COVID-19 tests in our laboratory for a fee. For companies, sports clubs or educational institutions, we also offer pool tests (COVID-19-PCR test in pooled samples). For information please contact us at: testungfh-kaerntenat.
Our Sample collection times (only with an appointment):
- Mondays to Thursdays: 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. (throat swabs for PCR and antigen testing, gargle sample collection)
- Mondays and Fridays: 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. (only gargle samples, no swabs!)
- Saturday, Sunday (public holiday): no sample collection
Please let us know the desired date, we will check the availability and confirm your appointment as soon as possible. Sample collection takes place at the FH campus St. Veiterstrasse 47 in 9020 Klagenfurt. Please don't forget to bring a photo ID for identification.
- Covid-19 PCR test (reference method): 70.00 EUR (VAT exempt)
- Covid-19-Ag test (rapid antigen test): 20.00 EUR (VAT exempt)
- Covid-19 serology (ECLIA IgTotal, quantitative = with titer information): 18.00 EUR (VAT-exempt, appointments only on request)
Note: in Austria, as in most other countries, only the PCR test is officially approved to be able to avoid quarantine. The rapid antigen test does not currently meet this requirement, as rapid tests are not approved for it. Our PCR laboratory reports are recognized by the authorities in Austria and the EU.
In the Biomedical Science Course under the direction of FH-Professor Dr. rer. medic. Marco Kachler (Head of Degree Program) and FH-Professor Dr. rer. nat. Astrid Paulitsch-Fuchs (molecular and microbiologist), a COVID-19 test laboratory was established at the Carinthia University of Applied Sciences. The laboratory has been officially approved in accordance with Section 28c of the Epidemic Act in May 2020 and has been carrying out COVID-19 tests since then. The COVID-19 tests are carried out exclusively by scientifically qualified biomedical analysts and are professionally validated according to the four-eyes principle.
The PCR test for the SARS-Cov-2 (COVID -19) coronavirus is a direct detection of virus RNA obtained from human cell material using a throat swab. In order to be able to detect virus RNA from the throat swab, a sufficient amount of cell material must be swabbed from the back of the throat wall. The more cell material is obtained, the more virus RNA is present in the cell material in the event of an infection, which can then also be detected. The virus RNA is isolated from the cell material in the laboratory under safety conditions and the genetic information of the virus is detected in a molecular biological process called Real Time PCR. If we detect specific genetic material from the virus in the sample material, the test is positive, i.e. there is an infection with SARS-Cov-2. If virus RNA is not detected, the test is negative (below the detection limit). Our laboratory method has a detection limit of approx. 10 virus RNA particles in the PCR. Two options are available for PCR testing. Either the samples are taken directly from us on the FH campus by our professional health and nursing team or the swab samples (oropharynx or nasopharyx swabs) that have been professionally taken externally (e.g. by doctors, DGKP, biomedicals) are sent in for analyses at the COVID-19 test laboratory. We currently have a weekly test capacity of approx. 250 individual tests (up to 800 tests for pool samples).
In contrast to PCR, in which the virus RNA is detected, a virus-specific protein (nucleocapsid protein from SARS-Cov-2) is detected using an immunochromatographic method as a lateral flow assay when antigen detection is used. For this you also need nasopharyngeal swab material. The manufacturer designed the test as a quick test so that a result is available within 15-20 minutes. However, the test is not as sensitive as the PCR, which is why it cannot yet replace the standard PCR method. For certain questions, however, it can be useful to carry out a quick test. We currently only carry out the antigen detection according to a medical indication and on a physicians request.
However, the PCR test is not suitable for determining whether a SARS Cov-2 infection has been undergone in the past. For this purpose, we have established an immunological test (ECLIA) that tells us something about whether someone has already undergone a corona infection. This test for antibodies against Covid-19 is also available in the test laboratory of the FH Kärnten. For this, a small amount of blood must be taken from the vein and the serum sample analyzed at our laboratory. The test can also be used to check whether antibodies have been formed after Covid immunization.
With your appointment confirmation you will receive a link (https://fh-kaernten.medicus.ai) where you have to register. First enter your email address, which you can access at any time. Then set a password that you ALWAYS need for future logins and opening the report. You will then receive a verification link by email that you have to click on.
You will then be forwarded to the actual registration. After entering the data (all * fields are required) you will receive a QR code. Please make a screenshot of the QR code so that you can easily show it to the cashier on the day of the test. If you do not have an internet-enabled mobile phone, you can print it out at home or take a photo of your PC screen. If you have further tests at our test station, you will also need the QR code again. It always remains the same and is assigned to you.
This is no problem. You can reset it as with many other applications (e.g. email etc.). Therefore, click on forgot password in the registration matrix. Then you have to enter your email address and confirm it. You will then receive a verification code by email, which you must enter on the page. Attention! This is only valid for 10 minutes. Once you have entered the code, you can set a new password and log in normally again.