• Complete access to our renal pathology team by cell phone, office phone, email and text message for stat interpretation, or if any special processing is needed.
• We offer preliminary interpretations WITHIN 24 HOURS of specimen receipt (based on light microscopy and immunofluorescence).
• Final reports are typically available WITHIN 72 HOURS of specimen receipt for ROUTINE cases not requiring additional workup/special processing.
• Stat biopsy service for weekends (Saturday preliminary diagnoses).
• Because we own Pacific Rim Pathology, we control billing and can work with you and your patients on a case-by-case basis in the event a patient has overwhelming financial hardship.
• This is almost certainly NOT an option that hospital-based pathology laboratories can offer as the technical component of billing is controlled by the hospital.
• In addition to phone calls and final reporting, we routinely also provide access to additional images of the light micro/IF/EM (if desired) by email. We are also exploring other means for nephrologists to have direct access to the biopsy images, either through our secure online reporting website or other means (such as dropbox…).
• We could also provide periodic CME accredited case slide review conferences. We already provide quarterly case conferences for Balboa Nephrology Medical Group through Sharp HealthCare (1 hour CME credit per conference). We can usually set up these conferences through the CME office of the hospital in closest proximity to your medical offices.
•We currently report cases using www.vitalaxis.com. Your nephrologists and office staff would be offered secure user names and passwords to directly download final reports by pdf through VitalAxis; or
•We can simply fax + mail hardcopy reports to your office.
A preliminary impression is typically available within 1-2 days from receipt of glass slides. Tissue specimens may require additional time if extended fixation is required.
The use of ancillary techniques (e.g. immunohistochemical stains, flow cytometry, cytogenetics, immunofluorescence, in situ hybridization, and electron microscopy) may be required in some cases, and are available.
When submitting a case for consultation, we ask that you provide appropriate clinical history and laboratory data.
Our primary renal pathologists: