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Histology - Frozen Section

Alternative Names:Intraoperative consultation
Laboratory:Anatomical Pathology
Test Code:Histology
Specimen Types:Tissue
Container Types:
Fresh Tissue Pot
Collection & Request Instructions:
Frozen Sections
 
Frozen sections can only be performed on fresh unfixed tissue
 
The Anatomical Pathology Unit should be given 24 hours notice of a frozen section to ensure a Consultant Pathologist will be available when the frozen section arrives (telephone 9076 3150).
A frozen section must not be sent to the laboratory unannounced
Infectious Specimens: If there is a danger of infection (eg tuberculosis, hepatitis, CJD etc) please contact a pathologist before the procedure to discuss alternate methods for  rapid diagnosis.
Alfred Campus
For a frozen section the fresh tissue is sent to the Anatomical Pathology Unit in a labelled container with an accompanying request form. The request form should note the clinical and operative findings. The pathologist performing the examination is available for consultation via the theatre intercom system. Please ensure the theatre number is provided on the request slip.
Sandringham Campus
The Anatomical Pathology Unit does not have facility to perform frozen sections on site at Sandringham. In cases where the need an unexpected frozen section at Sandringham arrises please contact the Unit to discuss available options with a pathologist (telephone 9076 3150).
Transport Instructions between Sites and/or Laboratories:Send to lab immediately
Assay Frequency:Daily