SkinPath Solutions offers 24-48 hour turnaround time on most specimens. If special stains or immunohistochemical stains are performed, the results are usually available the next day. Reports are sent via a number of methods depending upon the referring office’s request. We offer a Physician’s Web Portal, which is a secure online access to all reports for biopsies sent to our laboratory by each physician. We also offer reports via facsimile, courier delivery, U.S. Mail, or any combination requested. All melanomas and critical malignancies are phoned in at the time of diagnosis.
Specimens are picked up daily at the clinician’s office by courteous, professional drivers at specified times or as requested by the health care provider. In rare cases, a courier is not available for certain locations, and these specimens are shipped via overnight delivery service at no cost to the patient or the healthcare provider. We constantly ask for feedback from the office staff to ensure that the transport of specimens is taking place in the most efficient manner possible.
Once received in the laboratory, the specimens are entered into the laboratory information system by conscientious laboratory personnel. The samples are evaluated and placed in cassettes by experienced laboratory technicians under the supervision of a board certified dermatopathologist. The specimens are processed using state of the art equipment, and they are cut by a staff of highly skilled, experienced histotechs. Special stains for infectious organisms and for most other conditions requiring special stains are performed within our facility. A wide variety of immunohistochemical stains are also performed in our laboratory when necessary to arrive at a definitive diagnosis.
Immunofluorescence studies, gene rearrangement studies and other specialized services are sent out from our laboratory to the specialized laboratories with the best reputations for quality and patient care. When we encounter unusual or complex cases requiring an expert consultation, we send these cases to nationally renowned experts in the field of study related to the case in question.