Bone Histomorphometry, Quantitative
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.
Specimen Type: Bone
Preferred: Anterior iliac crest
Container/Tube: Metal-free container (Supply T173)
Specimen Volume: Entire specimen
1. Fix specimen in 70% ethanol.
2. Quantitation of bone turnover requires 2 time-spaced tetracycline labels.
1. Consultation with a Mayo Medical Laboratories pathologist or endocrinologist/nephrologist is recommended for first-time users of this service. Written instructions are available upon request.
2. For further information, see Bone Histomorphometry Fact Sheet (Supply T579) in Special Instructions.
Forms: Bone Histomorphometry Information Sheet (Supply T352) in Special Instructions
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.
-Anticoagulants other than 70% alcohol
Specimen Stability Information Provides a description of the temperatures required to transport a specimen to the laboratory. Alternate acceptable temperature(s) are also included.