BHIS - Specimen: Bone Histomorphometry, Gross Microscopic Exam

Test Catalog

Test Name

Test ID: BHIS    
Bone Histomorphometry, Gross Microscopic Exam

Testing Algorithm Delineates situations when tests are added to the initial order. This includes reflex and additional tests.

For each BHIS ordered, 1 Goldner trichrome-stained slide and 1 unstained slide will be sent to the client. Hematoxylin and eosin-stained slides are sent to pathology for review. BHIRO / Bone Histomorphometry, Iron Stain and BHALU / Bone Histomorphometry, Aluminum Stain are available at an additional charge. Duplicate stained slides (BHDS / Bone Histomorphometry, Duplicate Slides) are available upon request at an additional charge.

Specimen Type Describes the specimen type validated 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 (T173)

Specimen Volume: Entire specimen

Collection Instructions:

1. Fix specimen in 70% ethanol.

2. Quantitation of bone turnover requires 2 time-spaced tetracycline labels.

Additional Information:

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 more information, see Bone Histomorphometry Facts (T579) in Special Instructions.


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








Fixatives other than 70% alcohol or Decalcified bone

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

Specimen TypeTemperatureTime
VariesAmbient (preferred)