Specimen Requirements

  • Peripheral Blood: 5-10 mL in sodium heparin [Green tube]

  • Bone Marrow Aspirate: 1-2 mL in sodium heparin [Green tube]

  • Bone Marrow Core: In RPMI, FFPE is NOT acceptable

  • Fresh Tissue Biopsy: In RPMI

  • Malignant Fluid: 50-100 mL depending on cellularity

  • Cerebral Spinal Fluid (CSF): In sterile tube with equal volume of RPMI


Turn Around Time *

  • TAT is variable as we do not perform this in-house


Special Instructions

  • Because FISH is time sensitive, It is best to contact Central Oregon Pathology directly to schedule a pickup.

  • If you do not have RPMI, specimen may be submitted fresh and we will place it in RPMI








* Please note the information provided is intended as a guideline. Turnaround time is measured from the time of receipt of the specimen at our laboratory to the time the test result is made available to the client. As with all healthcare matters, the facts of a particular case may necessitate a turnaround time that is longer than stated above, the times mentioned above are our laboratory times for most, standard cases.