For FMC, PLC, RGH and SHC during normal work hours (08:00 to 16:15 Monday to Friday, excluding stat holidays):
The physician MUST book the biopsy with Diagnostic Imaging Services - Ultrasound at least 24 hours in advance. Urgent cases will be given priority.
Refer to AHS website, Clinical Services, Diagnostic Imaging - Ultrasound for site specific phone and fax numbers, and hours of operation.
For ACH during normal work hours (09:00 to 17:15 Monday to Friday, excluding stat holidays):
The Nephrology Clinic will contact the OR Desk to book the biopsy and then inform the Pathology Lab at 403-955-7385 of the date and time of the booking.
For all sites after normal work hours, or on weekends or stat holidays:
The physician MUST contact both the radiologist on-call for Ultrasound AND the renal pathologist on-call to schedule date and time of biopsy.
Contact the renal pathologist on-call through Foothills Hospital switchboard at 403-944-1110.
Tissue is sampled for examination by light microscopy (paraffin embedding only) and is handled as a fresh specimen.
Tissue is sampled for examination by light microscopy (paraffin and plastic embedding) Electron Microscopy and Immunofluorescence.
Diagnostic Transplant Biopsies:
Early graft dysfunction - suspected acute rejection
Late graft dysfunction - usually more than 6 months post transplant
For both early and late graft dysfunction, the tissue is sampled for examination by light microscopy (paraffin and plastic embedding), Electron Microscopy and Immunofluorescence.