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Test ID: IMAX    
Interpretation of Outside Muscle Biopsy Slide

Specimen Type Describes the specimen type needed for testing


Specimen Required Defines the optimal specimen. This field describes the type of specimen required to perform the test and the preferred volume to complete testing. The volume allows automated processing, fastest throughput and, when indicated, repeat or reflex testing.

For all specimens, patient history and requests should be clearly labeled with correct patient identifiers and pathology accession/case number. Collection date and patient date of birth are required. All specimens must be labeled with specimen type. The name and phone number of the ordering physician and a brief history are essential to achieve a consultation fully relevant to the ordering physician's needs. The Muscle Histochemistry Patient Information Sheet should accompany all specimens. Failure to provide this information may delay the specimen processing significantly.


Biopsies from different sites require separate orders and separate specimen vials.


Specimen Type: Muscle biopsy slides and/or blocks

Collection Instructions: Submit all stains performed on the case. If electron microscopy (EM) has been performed, include EM images (either on a CD or as prints).

Additional Information:

1. A brief explanatory note or consultative letter is necessary.

2. This test is not intended for use with tissue that still needs to be processed.


1. Muscle Histochemistry Patient Information Sheet (Supply T361) in Special Instructions

2. If not ordering electronically, complete, print, and send a Pathology Test Request Form (T246) with the specimen (

Specimen Minimum Volume Defines the amount of specimen required to perform an assay once, including instrument and container dead space. Submitting the minimum specimen volume makes it impossible to repeat the test or perform confirmatory or perform reflex testing. In some situations, a minimum specimen volume may result in a QNS (quantity not sufficient) result, requiring a second specimen to be collected.


Reject Due To Identifies specimen types and conditions that may cause the specimen to be rejected

Note: No specimen should be rejected. If specimen not received at appropriate temperature, include note to laboratory. If questions, contact laboratory.

Specimen Stability Information Provides a description of the temperatures required to transport a specimen to the laboratory. Alternate acceptable temperature(s) are also included.

Specimen TypeTemperatureTime