BRT Laboratories, Inc.

Paternity DNA Testing – Answers to the Most Frequently Asked Questions

 

  • What is DNA Testing?  Each person is born with a unique genetic blueprint or pattern known as DNA (Deoxyribonucleic Acid). Half of each person’s DNA is inherited from his or her biological father. DNA Testing is a comparison of DNA patterns to determine if there is or is not a biological relationship between tested people.
  • How accurate is the test?  DNA analysis is the most conclusive, accurate and reliable means of paternity testing available. BRT Laboratories, Inc. provides a probability of paternity of at least 99.9% in each case. 
  • Who needs to be tested?  The ideal test uses samples from the mother, child and alleged father, but testing can be performed with specimens from the child and the alleged father only.
  • How do I set up testing?  You can get started by filling out our online form to request your paternity test or you may call us directly at 1-800-765-5170.  
  • What type of paternity test do I need: Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Paternity Test or Legal Paternity Test?  Click here for a chart to help you determine which type of paternity test is suitable for your needs. You may also call us directly at 1-800-765-5170 to speak to one of our customer case managers who can assist you.
  • What kind of samples does the lab need?   The lab can use either a small sample of blood or a buccal swab (cheek swab). Placental and/or umbilical cord blood samples can be obtained at birth.
  • Which is more accurate, blood or buccal (cheek) swab testing?  All samples types that contain DNA yield the same result. No sample is “more accurate” than another.
  • Can drugs affect the test results?  No. Drugs, alcohol, or diet will not affect the test.
  • What is the minimum age for the child to be tested?  There is no minimum age. Testing of an unborn child is also available.
  • Must all samples be drawn at the same time?  The identification of each individual being tested is carefully documented at the time of sample collection. Therefore, it is not necessary for all individuals in a case to be present at the same time or location.
  • What if the mother and alleged father live in different states?  We can arrange for each individual to submit specimens at a location near where he or she lives. All specimens will be integrated as one case when they arrive at BRT Laboratories, Inc.
  • Do I need a doctor’s order, an attorney or court order?  No, not as long as all the individuals and/or guardians agree to the testing.
  • How much does the test cost?  The charge for a routine case (mother, child, alleged father) or one-parent case (child and alleged father only) is $399.
  • Does insurance or Medicaid cover the cost of testing?  Generally, no. However, there may be some exceptions. Check with your  carrier.
  • How long will it take to get results? Once the lab has received all the samples, it takes 5 days or less to complete the paternity testing.
  • Are results confidential and who gets them?  All patient information and test results are strictly confidential. Results are mailed directly to the individuals tested or to a representative of their choosing.
  • Can a paternity test be done before the baby is born?  DNA testing for parentage analysis during pregnancy can be performed. Your physician must contact us for sample protocol information or we can refer you to someone experienced in the sample collection procedure. The fee for prenatal testing is $688 per case (additional fee for sample collection). Results are available approximately one week from receipt of all samples.
  • Can a paternity test be performed if the alleged father is deceased?  Samples collected at a hospital where the alleged father was treated may be available for testing. Specimens or tissue samples from a coroner’s office may be available if an autopsy was performed. In cases where a specimen from the alleged father is unavailable, partial pedigree analysis can be conducted utilizing DNA samples from blood relatives of the deceased, such as his parents, his siblings or his known children. The fee and turnaround time for this type of testing varies according to the type of samples received and the number of people tested. 
  • What types of cases does BRT Laboratories, Inc. accept?  BRT Laboratories, Inc. provides prenatal testing, sibling studies, deceased alleged father paternity studies, and relationship analysis. Cases are referred by a variety of public and private services including physicians, attorneys, courts, support enforcement agencies, embassies and word of mouth.