It’s just Dhs50 and you get the result in seconds…

Abu Dhabi Media Office shared the news that a new laser-based DPI technique can be used to screen for Covid-19 at the Ghantoot road entry point for the emirate of Abu Dhabi.

Due to an initial surge in demand — advanced bookings for this service are now essential.

Is the laser scan an additional requirement or a second option for entry?

It’s a second new, faster option. This development comes as an extension of the existing policy which allows residents to enter Abu Dhabi with a negative Covid-19 test result. The result must have been declared within 48 hours of the intended entry, and administered by a SEHA approved health service provider.

From when will this option be available?

It’s available now. It’s operated by QuantLase, the cost is Dhs50 and advance bookings are now essential.

You can book your appointment on the website.

What’s On has learned that more testing centres will be set up soon.

What is a DPI laser?

DPI lasers, or ‘diffractive phase interferometry’ lasers are capable of measuring minute discrepancies in size. They’re being used in this application to scan for inflammation of blood cells, which are a tell-tale sign of viral infection.

The results are almost immediate.

What happens after I get the test result?

Those receiving a negative result from the laser screening will be permitted to continue their journey into Abu Dhabi.

If the laser determines a positive result, the individual will need to undergo a PCR (polymerase chain reaction) Covid-19 test.

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After taking the PCR test, the individual should return back to their home and self-isolate until the test result comes through. If negative, they will be permitted to enter Abu Dhabi from within 48 hours of receiving the result.

The announcement, shared by Abu Dhabi Media Office across their social media channels, came from Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disaster Committee, and was made in collaboration with Abu Dhabi Police and the Department of Health Abu Dhabi.

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