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If an Intra-Operative Consult (IOC) is required, submit the specimen fresh. For more information, see Intra-Operative Consult Request.
If an IOC is not required, submit the specimen in 10% Formalin (NBF) in an appropriate sized plastic container. There should be 10 times the volume of fixative to the volume of tissue and the fixative must cover the specimen. Label the container according to CLS requirements. Containers must be securely tightened to eliminate leakage.
ER/PR in not available for ordering except through a CLS Pathologist. ER/PR is routinely performed on breast tissue identified by a Pathologist as malignant. Clinicians may contact the laboratory for further information.