You might expect the process of DNA testing to be complex, but it’s actually rather straightforward—at least it will be for the person being tested. Much like drug testing in Arizona, you’ll first learn about the test and consent to it before your doctor orders the test and collects the sample. Then the lab will look at the sample and put together a report. Here is a closer look at how DNA testing is done.
Understanding and Consenting
DNA testing is used to prove familial relationships, which is particularly important when it comes to custody cases, immigration law, and finding missing family members. First, your doctor will go over the nature of the test with you so you know what to expect. You can always do some research on your own, but your testing professional will tell you exactly how the procedure will work. Then you can offer your consent to take the test.
Ordering and Taking Samples
Depending on the nature of the test and how long you have been considering it, you might still need to order the test. Once it has arrived, your doctor can take a DNA sample from you and the other person—or people—in question. If it’s inconvenient or impossible to take samples from each person at the same time, you can take them at different times or locations. The process of taking samples typically includes a simple cotton swab in the mouth.
Analysis and Report
After the samples have been taken, they will be sent to the laboratory. A lab technician will then analyze the samples and look for similarities and differences in the DNA. You can typically expect results within three business days.
DNA testing is just one of the many services we offer at Oschmann Employee Screening Services. If you’re interested in learning about drug testing in Arizona, feel free to give us a call at (800) 224-8532 or visit our website to learn more about our services.