TB (Tuberculosis) Testing

Summit Health offers TB skin tests called Mantoux tuberculin skin tests (TST) for asymptomatic patients. This test involves two visits to our clinic for a health care provider to initially perform the test and a return visit to review the results. 

If you are looking into getting TB tests done for you or members of your organization, contact us today!

TB Skin Test Initial Appointment

The TB skin test is also called the Mantoux tuberculin skin test (TST). A TB skin test requires two visits with the Summit team.

On the first visit the appointment involves injecting a small amount of fluid (called tuberculin) into the skin located on the bottom of the patients arm.


TB Skin Test Reading

A person given the skin test must return within 48 to 72 hours to have one of Summit Health’s healthcare professional examine the arm to see if there was a reaction.

The result will depend on the swelling or raised area as a result of the injection


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Who Should Have a Tuberculosis Test?

We provide TB testing for any asymptomatic patient (no drastic weight loss in the past 6 months, persistent coughing, or any shortness of breath/difficulty breathing) regardless of age. Patients typically use our TB testing services for purposes such as travel, school or employment. We do not accept patients under the age of 18 with a previously positive result or patients who have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for TB. Patients who have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for TB should verify with their local public health agency and family physician. 

 Even though we do not accept symptomatic patients, for the safety of our patients and team we ask that any patient coming for a TB test wear a mask in the waiting room and during the test

Can A Tuberculosis Test Be Repeated

There is no problem in repeating a TB skin test. If additional testing is required the repeated test can be placed in a different location on the body

Positive test: If there is a reaction this indicated that the patient’s body was infected with TB bacteria. Additional tests are needed to determine if the person has a latent TB infection or TB disease.

Negative test: This means the person’s body did not react to the injection and that latent TB infection or TB disease is not likely.

Where Can I Get a Tuberculosis Test?

TB testing is offered by Summit Health for patients and organizations. Summit Health offers testing services for travelers, individuals, groups and organizations. Call 1-888-224-8809 or book your tuberculosis test online today!

How Does A TB Skin Test Work?

For more information please checkout our article on How TB Skin Tests Work