Please ship all specimens by overnight carrier on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday to assure receipt in the laboratory by Friday and contact the laboratory prior to shipment (716) 859-7741. Primary specimen containers must have at least two patient-specific identifiers.
Tissue specimens: Specimens should be snap frozen in liquid nitrogen at the moment of excision in the operating room, then stored at -70˚C until shipment, and sent overnight in an insulated container (e.g., with a styrofoam insert) on dry ice (5 lbs. minimum). Be sure to check specimen quantity requirements for the testing requested before collection and shipment.
Embedded specimens used for sectioning in a cryostat for histopathology and stored at -20˚ prior to shipment are generally not acceptable for analysis.
Frozen plasma or serum: Samples should be collected after a minimum 4-hour fast and stored at -20˚C until shipment in an insulated container overnight on dry ice.
Whole blood: Samples should be collected at a time that assures arrival in the laboratory within 24 hrs of collection. (Most specimens arrive at the laboratory by 10:30AM). Ship in an insulated container overnight at room temperature.