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Somatostatin

Referred out for testing

Source Blood
Mnemonic SOMAT
Specimen Requirements

Test cannot be collected by Mobile Collection Service (MCS).

1 x 4 mL lavender top EDTA tubes 

1.8 mL plasma: Minimum 0.6 mL

Keep tubes cold (immerse in ice water or crushed ice) prior to and immediately after collection. 

Specimen Handling PSC: & RRL:
Centrifuge at 4ºC + 2ºC, and aliquot plasma. Transport specimen to DSC on ice in a separate bag with a copy of the requisition.

Extra-regional: 
Centrifuge at 4ºC + 2ºC, aliquot and freeze plasma immediately. Transport frozen specimen to DSC on dry ice in a separate bag with a copy of the requisition.

DSC:
Freeze specimens upon receipt in lab; ensure frozen specimens do not thaw.
Additional Information  
Testing Location Quest Diagnostics
Testing Frequency
Alternate Name(s)
Reference Interval