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Test ID: FMFC    
Myeloma, FISH, Fixed Cells

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Specimen Type Describes the specimen type needed for testing

Fixed Cell Pellet Bone Marrow

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.

Provide a reason for referral with each specimen. The laboratory will not reject testing if this information is not provided, but appropriate testing and interpretation may be compromised or delayed.


Provide a pathology report with each specimen.


Container/Tube: Sterile container

Specimen Volume: 1 fixed cell pellet

Collection Instructions: Place specimen in a sterile container with a 3:1 (or similar) fixative (methanol:glacial acetic acid).

Additional Information: Advise Express Mail or equivalent if not on courier service.


1. Cytogenetics Hematologic FISH Panel Patient Information Sheet (Supply T603) in Special Instructions

2. If not ordering electronically, complete, print, and send a Hematopathology/Cytogenetics Test Request Form (T726) with the specimen (

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 or in wrong anticoagulant, 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
Fixed Cell Pellet Bone MarrowAmbient (preferred)