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Histology - Frozen Section (Sendaway Test)

Alternative Names:Intraoperative consultation
Laboratory:Anatomical Pathology
Test Code:SE
Medicare rebatable:Yes
Specimen Types:Tissue
Container Types:
Fresh Tissue PotFresh Tissue Pot
Collection & Request Instructions:

Frozen Sections

Frozen sections can only be performed on fresh unfixed tissue

The Anatomical Pathology Unit should be given 24 hours notice of a frozen section to ensure a Consultant Pathologist will be available when the frozen section arrives (telephone 9076 3150).

A frozen section must not be sent to the laboratory unannounced

Infectious Specimens: If there is a danger of infection (eg tuberculosis, hepatitis, CJD etc) please contact a pathologist before the procedure to discuss alternate methods for  rapid diagnosis.

For a frozen section the fresh tissue is sent to the Anatomical Pathology Unit in a labelled container with an accompanying request form. The request form should note the clinical and operative findings.

 

Transport Instructions:Send to lab immediately
Processing Instructions:Send to Anatomical Pathology immediately
Assay Frequency:Daily
External Laboratory:The Alfred Pathology Service (APS)
  External Laboratory details...
External Transport Instructions:Send at 4'C with Ice Pack