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Frequently Asked Questions

These are common questions we are asked at Focus-EyePathLab. If your question is not answered here, please feel free to contact us.

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What tissues are analyzed at Focus-Eye Path Lab?

Our main focus is ocular pathology, including whole eyes, intraocular biopsies, and also biopsies of periocular tissues (for example, eyelid skin and orbit), however we can also examine other tissues; if in doubt, please contact the laboratory for advice.

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Can I send in cytology samples?

You can send in prepared cytology smears as supportive material with a biopsy if you wish, which can be examined with the biopsy at additional cost, however we recommend that if cytology is being used to make a diagnosis that you send such samples directly to a clinical pathologist for reporting.

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Where do I send the samples?

Samples should be addressed to the QML Vetnostics Veterinary Pathology laboratory in Murrarie, Queensland, and sent with a completed Submission Form, and also a the QML Vetnostics Veterinary Pathology cover sheet; samples will be collected by the QML Vetnostics courier service at participating surgeries. The submission form, the QML Vetnostics Veterinary Pathology cover sheet, and the address Label can be found on the Submission Forms page (please affix correct postage if sending in the mail, rather than by QML Vetnostics courier). Before submitting samples, you may wish to consult our Submission Advice page on this website.

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Do I need a specific submission form?

We prefer that you use our dedicated ophthalmic pathology Submission Form for all ocular submissions, as this form contains prompts requesting information that will greatly assist interpretation of histological findings. Please also enclose a QML Vetnostics Veterinary Pathology cover sheet.
These forms can be found on the Submission Forms page of this website.

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Who will read the biopsy?

Karen Dunn is the ocular pathologist at FOCUS-EyePathLab; her curriculum vitae can be found on the Pathologist page of this website.

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When will I receive a report?

Samples are received at the QML Vetnostics Veterinary Pathology laboratory located in Murarrie, Queensland. Due to the complexity of whole eye specimens, and the time needed to examine the wet tissues, and,following tissue processing, histological slides, turnaround time for whole eyes is usually around from 3 -10 days from receipt, however if your sample is urgent, please mark it as such, and we will do our best to expedite the report. Biopsies are usually reported in 2-4 business days after receipt of the sample at the laboratory. Some cases may require longer processing and evaluation times, particularly if special stains are needed. If you are awaiting a report, you can contact the FOCUS Laboratory and ask for a status report of your sample.

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In what format will I receive the report?

We will routinely email reports to you as this has proved to be the most efficient and environmentally friendly method of reporting! Sending reports by fax or mail is available upon request.

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How can I contact the pathologist to discuss a case?

If you wish to discuss a case with the pathologist, please see the Contact Us page. Alternatively the laboratory can supply an email address or phone number at which the pathologist can be contacted.

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How much does the analysis cost?

Please Contact Us for a Price List.

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Can I get a copy slide?

We are happy to provide copy slides of your case. Please indicate that you request a copy slide on the submission form.
Please see our price list which is available on request.

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Can I obtain photomicrographs?

Occasionally cases of particular interest will be photographed by the pathologist, in which case you may be sent some complimentary photomicrographs by email. Similarly, if you have good quality digital clinical photographs of interesting or unusual cases, these can be emailed to the pathologist (we will respect your ownership and copyright of any images submitted); this is always much appreciated, and in return, we can supply complimentary photomicrographs.
However if you require photomicrographs for a specific purpose, such as a Certificate casebook, Diploma dissertation, or scientific publication, please indicate that you require photomicrographs on the Submission Form; a nominal charge is usually made for this service.
Please see our price list which is available upon request.
Photographs remain copyright KDunn, FOCUS-EyePathLab

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