Specimen Collection / Storage

The tissue bank consents patients for blood during their next clinical blood draw and their discard tissue from surgical specimens.

When tissue arrives to Pathology, our Pathologists’ Assistant uses her clinical background to assess what tissue from a surgical specimen is needed for a clinical diagnosis and what tissue would otherwise be discarded after a final pathology report is produced for the patient. Tissue that would otherwise be discarded is procured for the Tissue Bank and is stored in our facilities.

Other than procuring tissue from patients the Tissue Bank has consented, the Pathologists’ Assistant will also procure tissue for satellite tissue banks on campus. Tissue is procured in a similar manner as Tissue Bank specimens, but rather than housing the tissue in our facilities, the tissue is handed to personnel of the satellite tissue bank.