How to Submit a Specimen
For those of you within our courier service area, the courier will supply you with biopsy kits and provide replacement kits during specimen pick up. Each biopsy kit contains all supplies and instructions necessary for submitting a specimen. We are proud to introduce our new courier computer shortcut which allows you to request a pickup with a few clicks of a mouse. Instructions will be supplied for installation and use. Alternately, you may call (404) 501-7445 to schedule a pickup.
For those of you outside our courier service area, biopsy kits will be supplied by Path-tec and will include all the supplies and instructions necessary for submitting a specimen. Pre-paid Federal Express forms will be included. All specimens will be delivered by 10:30AM the next business day. We have recently introduced our inventory management system which tracks your specimens and allows for automatic replacement when you reach a predetermined minimum kit level. No more running out of kits or having to remember to order kits. Of course, if you need more biopsy kits, you can call Path-tec at 706.569.6368, option 1 and request an Atlanta Oral Pathology biopsy kit. They will send them to you promptly.
Please call (404) 501-7445 to set up an account. We will arrange for biopsy kits to be sent to you and answer any questions you have.
General Submission Guidelines
Label the specimen bottle with the patient’s name, date of birth, and biopsy site as required by the College of American Pathologists. Once the specimen is in the container, secure the lid tightly and place in the transport bag with the zip lock top.
Be sure to include the following information when filling out the requisition form:
- Patient’s name and birth date
- Patient’s medical insurance information
- ICD-10 code
The accompanying paperwork should be placed in the open pocket of the transport bag.
Delays in specimen processing may be encountered for the following reasons:
- Patient name on the requisition and specimen bottle do not match
- Missing information on the requisition sheet (ie. Clinician name, patient name, date of service)
- No requisition accompanying the specimen
Once the discrepancies are resolved by confirmation via telephone or fax we will process the specimen.