Test Name: Iron

Methodology: Special Stains

Test Description

Iron Stain Kit is used to identify iron pigment in tissue sections on the Artisan™ Link and Artisan™ Link Pro Staining Systems. Iron is an important component of the human body, especially as a vital constituent of oxygen carrying hemoglobin. Iron is stored in bone marrow, and a loss of iron stores is indicative of anemia. An excess of iron deposited in organs such as liver, spleen, and bone marrow may be a result of hemochromatosis. Ferric deposits: blue, nuclei: red, and the background tissue elements are stained pink. This stain is not recommended for bone marrow smears.

Specimen Requirements

A formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded (FFPE) tissue block is preferred specimen type or one (1) unbaked, unstained slide cut at 4-5 microns for H&E staining (required) and two to three (2-3) positively charged unstained slides cut at 3-4 microns for each test/antibody ordered.

Storage and Transport

Use cold pack during transport of paraffin blocks and unstained slides. Cold pack should not be placed in direct contact with the specimen during shipping

Specimen Rejection Criteria

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Turn Around Time (TAT): 2-3 Days

CPT Codes*: 88313

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