The Molecular Diagnostics Unit offers PCR-based molecular testing designed to assist in the diagnosis of both solid tumors and lymphoproliferative disorders.
Note: Specimens delivered to Room 3S247 in Building 10 will be accepted from 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM.
When submitting patient samples to the Molecular Diagnostics Unit, the requesting physician or nurse must enter a CRIS order prior to submission of the sample. The CRIS order is listed under the heading of Anatomic Pathology, sub-heading, Molecular Pathology. The information submitted in the order must include the type of specimen and the requested tests.
Note: Notification of submission of samples from outside the NIH must to be made as a consultation to the Laboratory of Pathology. The Molecular Diagnostics Unit is not a reference laboratory.
Draw 2-3 cc in plain syringe with no anticoagulant. DO NOT USE HEPARINIZED SYRINGE.
IMMEDIATELY place sample into the EDTA tube (lavender top) and mix gently to prevent clotting.
The sample is wrapped in a plastic bag and "bubble wrap," placed into a Styrofoam box with "cold packs" for shipping by overnight delivery by courier to the address given below. Do not freeze.
All FFPE biopsy tissues performed for molecular diagnostic testing should be submitted routinely through Surgical Pathology. The Surgical Pathology staff is responsible for triaging the case for all specialized testing, including molecular diagnostic assays. It is essential that separate CRIS orders for both surgical pathology examination, and molecular diagnostic testing are submitted, and the required tests are listed on both CRIS forms. If the patient does not have an active MRN, then it is essential that a tissue examination sheet be completed in the Surgical Pathology Main Office (Building 10/2S262), and all required assays are listed on this form.
Blood and bone marrow samples should be sent directly to:
Molecular Diagnostics Unit
Laboratory of Pathology, CCR
National Cancer Institute
9000 Rockville Pike
Building 10, Room 3S249
Bethesda, MD 20892
Note: All other tissues samples should be brought to the Surgical Pathology Main Office (Building 10/2S262).