Cell Count and Differential, Body Fluid
Testing Algorithm Delineates situation(s) when tests are added to the initial order. This includes reflex and additional tests.
When abnormal cytologic features are present, the laboratory may reflex to a miscellaneous cytology test. Fee codes for that test vary depending on review process.
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 Local Accounts Only
Sources: Synovial, pleural, peritoneal and pericardial
Specimen must arrive within 24 hours of collection.
Preferred: Body fluid container
Acceptable: EDTA or heparin
Specimen Volume: 1 mL
Additional Information: Indicate specimen source.
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.
Mild OK; Gross OK
Specimen Stability Information Provides a description of the temperatures required to transport a specimen to the laboratory. Alternate acceptable temperature(s) are also included.
|Body Fluid||Ambient (preferred)||24 hours|