Useful Information

Tests aimed at detecting SARS-CoV-2 RNA (so called oro-pharyngeal swabs)

The Swabs are molecular diagnostic tests that detect the presence of SARS-CoV-2 RNA in the mucus collected with an oro-pharyngeal swab, and are therefore able to ascertain the presence of the infection in progress at the time of the test.

The test is practically non-invasive and is performed in a few seconds, however, in order to have a reliable result it is necessary that a precise protocol of sampling is followed, and that the test is performed by specialized personnel equipped with personal protective equipment.

Once extracted from the patient’s mouth, the stick is immersed in a gel, inserted into an ad hoc container and then sent to the authorized laboratory of the MultiMedica Group (the Polo Scientifico Tecnologico of Milan) that will determine the characteristics of the material taken.

Through appropriate molecular tests (Real Time Polymerase Chain Reaction) the polymerase chain reaction developed on the basis of the genetic sequence of the virus Sars-cov-2 isolated by the researchers is performed, to identify its presence in the oropharynx.

Access to perform the solvent buffers at the MultiMedica facilities listed below is by appointment:.

  • Ospedale San Giuseppe – Via San Vittore, 12 – Milan
    Monday to Friday from 12.30 to 15.30.
    Saturdays from 10.30 am to 11.30 am.
    ACCESS FROM VIA SAN VITTORE – No age limit –

  • IRCCS MultiMedica – Via Milanese, 300 – Sesto san Giovanni (MI)
    from Monday to Friday from 11.30 am to 14.10 pm
    Saturday from 11.15 am to 12.40 pm.
    Go to the electronic ticket machine located in the central ACCEPTANCE area and select the “ACCEPTANCE” option and then pay the fee at the counter.
    – Users who are 6 years of age or older can undergo the swab –

  • Ospedale MultiMedica Castellanza – Viale Piemonte, 70 – Castellanza (VA)
    from monday to friday from 9.30 am to 11.15 am
    Go to the electronic ticket machine located at the PRELIEVAL ROOM and select the options “PRELIEVAL” and then “SOLVENT PRELIEVAL” and then pay the fee at the counter.
    – Users over the age of 14 can undergo the swab –

  • Ambulatorio Multispecialistico MultiMedica, via San Barnaba 29 – Milan
    Monday to Friday from 8.00 am to 11.00 am.
    Admission as indicated in the structure”.
    – Users who are at least 14 years old can undergo the swab –.

Yes, the Tampon must be booked:

The swab report is available within 48 working hours of the exam. You can obtain the report through these methods:

  • personally by collecting the paper report at the referral collection point located at the entrance of the MultiMedica facility where the swab was taken, or by a person other than the patient with a special proxy issued by the patient
  • via online download on the www.multimedica.it website, after registering on the same site in the section “Online booking and reports”;
  • through this dedicated link of Regione Lombardia
  • through access to the Electronic Health File (Fascicolo Sanitario Elettronico – FSE) Regione Lombardia, after access in a protected and confidential way, through the use of the tools provided for by article 64 of Legislative Decree n. 82 of March 7, 2005, “Codice dell’Amministrazione Digitale”.


No, there is no need for fasting and no need to stop taking medications.

If the result of the swab is positive, it means that the patient – at the time of the swab – had an active SARS-CoV-2 infection. According to current regulations, in case of a positive swab result:

  • the patient will be classified as a Covid “case”
  • the result of the swab will be communicated by MultiMedica to the ATS on a daily basis according to the route and modalities indicated by the Lombardy Region;
  • the patient will be informed about the need for mandatory domiciliation, and fiduciary domiciliation for cohabitants and close contacts.

In case of positive result, and in the absence of symptoms, the patient will have to observe the mandatory quarantine of 10 days at the end of which a swab will be performed; if negative, the patient will be allowed to re-enter in the community.

In case of positive result, and in presence of symptoms, the patient will be able to re-enter in community after a period of isolation of at least 10 days from the appearance of symptoms (not considering loss of taste and/or loss of smell that can have prolonged persistence in time) accompanied by a swab with negative result performed after at least 3 days without symptoms.
In case of a positive result, it is still advisable to contact your doctor who will formalize the mandatory isolation and request the swab that certifies the recovery.

Underage users must be accompanied by those exercising parental authority (parents, guardian or special curator) otherwise we will not be able to proceed with the provision of the service. The accompanying person will be asked to sign the consent to the processing of data and the cumulative declaration in lieu of certification that self-certifies the degree of kinship.
In case the minor should be accompanied by a relative who does not exercise parental authority, it is necessary that he/she has a proxy or a written authorization from the parental authority.

Withdrawal of reports
In case of examinations of underage patients, the withdrawal of the report will be possible only physically, at the location where the swab was performed. The online consultation of the report is not available.