Answers to your questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Where should we ship our specimens?

All blood, DNA, cheek swab and/or saliva specimens should be mailed to Molecular Vision Laboratory at the following address: 1920 NE Stucki Ave, Suite 150, Hillsboro, OR 97006.

How can we get a cheek swab collection kit?

Cheek swab kits will be provided. MVL can mail collection kits and return packaging. Kits are priced ‘at cost’ at $27 per kit plus domestic shipping costs. Email requests to inquiry@mvisionlab.com to receive a quote. Please note that cheek swab samples alone can be inadequate for testing and the lab may reach out for additional blood and/or DNA samples.

What is the difference between qPCR and Array CGH testing?

Many of our clients have confusion about the difference between qPCR and Array CGH for testing deletions and duplications in genes. We recommend running deletion and duplication testing through qPCR when mutations are known. We use TaqMan qPCR for specific mutation analysis. Array CGH is useful for analyzing deletions and duplications of many genes without needing to know a specific known mutation first, and it is a much more comprehensive test. The entire coding regions and exon/intron boundaries are covered by array (the density of probes varies depending upon sequence homology of the tested regions; some regions may not have coverage due to the presence of pseudogenes). Array CGH is priced at $650 and qPCR is priced at $450. Please contact our laboratory for a list of all genes covered by Array CGH analysis or if you have any other questions about deletion and duplication testing.

What accreditations and licenses does MVL carry?

CLIA #38D2059762 CMS Certificate of Accreditation
CAP # 8735023 Certificate of Accreditation

CA State License COS00800782
MD State License 2033
PA State License 33853
NPI: 1750739041
DUNS: 080369081
EIN: 81-2685042

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Can we only order a few selected genes in a NGS panel and get a discount?

We can sequence any gene covered by our MVL Vision Panel for $400. This includes NGS sequencing and NGS CNV analysis.

How frequently do you update your NGS panels when new genes are identified?

Because of our unique setup, we can easily integrate any new gene into our panel with no additional charge. Therefore, we continue to add new genes to our panels.

Do you confirm mutations identified by NGS with Sanger sequencing?

Yes. We always confirm mutations and novel variations by Sanger sequencing.

Do you charge parental testing?

No, we always want to further confirm our results in order to be 100% accurate. The additional test becomes our quality control assay.

Do you charge sibling testing?

Yes. We will conduct a specific mutation analysis ($150) for the mutations found in the proband sample. Siblings will be issued an individual report.

How soon can we expect to receive the genetic test report?

Our turn-around time is around three weeks for single genes, and four weeks for NGS. For orders that include parental carrier confirmation, results will be reported in a combined single report with the proband. A separate report can be issued at an extra cost.

How long do blood samples last?

3-5 days at room temperature.

Do blood samples need to be kept cold?

Blood samples can be sent in an EDTA blood collection tube at room temperature. It can be sent at 4 degrees, do not freeze blood. Specimen requirements are listed in the Specimen Requirements section on our website.

Can you receive samples on weekends?

We do not receive packages on weekends, so if the package was sent to arrive then, it will not be processed until Monday. Please plan accordingly with blood samples (do not send samples in a way that will exceed 5 days from collection time).

Do you bill Medicare or Medicaid?

We do not offer Insurance billing.

What is your turnaround time (TAT)?

We aim to have the genetic testing completed and results sent out within four weeks of receiving the patient sample and requisition form. The NGS tests will take 6-8 weeks to complete. However, urgent cases will be completed within two weeks.

For further inquiries please contact us directly at 503-227-3179, or email us at inquiry@mvisionlab.com.