Specimen Requirements

Specimen Requirements & Shipping Information

Specimens should be received within 72 hours of collection if possible – maximum 5 days. Store at ambient room temperature or refrigerate until you send; do not freeze.

Our laboratory is closed on Saturdays and Sundays, and on certain holidays (see Terms & Conditions). Please call ahead if you believe a sample might arrive on a weekend or holiday.

Please ship specimens to:
Molecular Vision Lab
1920 NE Stucki Ave, Suite 150
Hillsboro, OR 97006

Specimen Requirements Additional Shipping Requirements
Blood • Collect Whole Blood in an ETDA (purple/lavender top) tube.

For adults, send 3-5mL; For infants, send 1-2mL.

• Do not freeze or centrifuge.

N/A
DNA Our tests require at least 10-20 µg. N/A
Saliva • Please contact the lab directly if you wish to order a DNA collection kit. N/A
Pre-Natal

 

• Amniotic Fluid Cell Culture – 2 T25 flasks, filled with media for shipment.

• Amniotic Fluid Direct – Send 2 samples of direct amniotic fluid, 15–20 ml each, in sterile, securely capped plastic tubes. For third trimester samples, send a total of 45–50 ml of direct fluid. If the sample size is small, the cell culture takes precedence over the direct specimen.

• CVS Cell Culture – 2 T25 flasks, filled with media for shipment.

• CVS Direct – After establishing a cell culture, please provide at least 10–15 mg of clean tissue in physiologic buffered saline (PBS) in a sterile, securely capped plastic container. If the sample size is small, the cell culture takes precedence over the direct specimen.

• Maternal Cell Contamination Study (MCC) – We test for maternal cell contamination, test #7, with all prenatal testing. Please provide a maternal blood sample, 2–3 ml, with the fetal sample, send a separate 4-page Order Form for the maternal sample, and include Test #7, MCC on both the maternal and fetal Order Forms.

Maintain the cell culture as a backup until results are reported.