Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is the laboratory open to accept samples on the weekend?
A: No, the Genetic Diagnostic Laboratory is open Monday-Friday from 9am-5pm.

Q: What do I do if a sample is drawn on a Friday?
A: If sample is drawn on a Friday, please refrigerate it for shipment on the following Monday.

Q: What is the minimum blood requirement?
A: Obtain 2 EDTA tubes (lavender top) of blood - approximately 4 mL per tube.
For a newborn sample, obtain 2 EDTA tube (lavender top) of blood - approximately 1-2 mL per tube.

Q: How do I ship blood samples?
A: Ship at room temperature via Federal Express or other overnight courier that guarantees AM delivery to arrive Monday-Friday.

Q: How do I ship frozen tumor samples?
A: Send frozen tumor on dry ice via Federal Express or other overnight courier that guarantees AM delivery to arrive Monday-Friday.

Q: How do I ship paraffin-embedded tumor samples?
A: Ship at room temperature via Federal Express or other overnight courier that guarantees AM delivery to arrive Monday-Friday.

Q: Does the lab accept sent DNA?
A: Yes, but the lab does no prefer this. Please call for sample requirements.

Q: Does the lab offer prenatal testing?
A: The lab offers prenatal testing for most of our genetic tests. Please contact the laboratory prior to sending a prenatal sample. The lab prefers to be notified of the expected prenatal sample at the time the procedure is scheduled. Please call with any questions regarding prenatal samples.

Q: What is the CPT code and/or price for this particular test?
A: Information on CPT codes and pricing can be found on the test information webpage for that particular test. Additionally, this information can be accessed here.