Experienced, Board-certified Dermatopathologists
Pathology Associates of St. Thomas works together with clinicians to provide patients the highest quality and most efficient care possible. Below are answers to the most frequently asked questions we get about our procedures. If you have additional questions, please contact us.
Pathology Associates of St. Thomas provides all supplies and requisitions necessary to send specimens to our laboratory. Formalin bottles are provided for your practice to collect skin and nail specimens. The specimen bottle should be labeled with the patient’s name, the date the specimen was collected, and the site of the specimen. The site is the place of the body that the skin or tissue was collected (left elbow, right earlobe, etc.). Please make sure that the cap on the formalin bottle is securely tightened before placing the bottle in the biohazard bag. Copies of the requisition should be placed in the biohazard bag along with the collected specimen.
Follow the same procedure as above, using a provided Michel’s Solution bottle instead of formalin. If you are out of Michel’s, please contact us before proceeding.
If we haven’t scheduled a recurring time to pick up specimens at your office, or if you have any questions about how to send a specimen to Pathology Associates of St. Thomas, please call our office at (615) 298-4100.
Our goal is to deliver accurate reports in the most timely manner possible. Complete reports are typically available within 24 hours after the specimen is delivered to our laboratory. Additional time may be required for complex cases that require additional stains or molecular studies. We are aware that behind every biopsy is an anxious patient.