Frozen Tissue Section

CPT CODE: 88331
TEST INFORMATION: Test includes frozen section interpretation, followed by routine histopathology evaluation.
DAYS PERFORMED: 24 hours
TURNAROUND TIME: Approximately 20 minutes
SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS: Mon-Fri, 0730-1700 deliver specimen directly to Laboratory Receiving Station, Rm 508 Jelke. All other times contact pathologist "on call' or through the hospital page operator. Handwritten requisitions must have O.R. room or direct phone number where to call results. In addition, the exact specimen site, clinical diagnosis, and question to be addressed on frozen section must be indicated.
CONTAINER TYPE: Sterile specimen container placed in specimen transport bag
COLLECTION: Container must be labeled with patient's name, medical record number, and specimen site. O.R. specimens must have a valid barcode label applied.
SPECIMEN REQUIREMENTS: Fresh tissue with no added fixative
REJECTION CRITERIA: Formalin fixed tissue, improper or discrepant labeling, specimens with invalid barcode ID label
HANDLING INSTRUCTIONS: Specimen must be hand carried to the Laboratory Receiving Station, Rm 508 Jelke, and handed to a technician during normal laboratory hours. After hours, hand carry to Rush Medical Laboratories Specimen Desk, Rm 470 Jelke, and hand to clerk after contacting pathologist 'on call.' Mon-Fri, 0730-1700 deliver specimen directly to Laboratory Receiving Station, Rm 508 Jelke. All other times contact pathologist 'on call' or through the hospital page operator. Handwritten requisitions must be O.R. room or direct phone number where to call results. In addition, the exact specimen site, clinical diagnosis, and question to be addressed on frozen section must be indicated.
TEST SYNONYM(S):Intraoperative Consultation