Cytogenetics Services

Open Monday-Friday 7:30am-7pm; Saturday 8am-4pm
Lab Phone Number: (804) 628-2986 {MCV-CYTO}
or you can call
Client Services: (804) 828-PATH {828-7284} or 1 (800) 363-9234

 

The Cytogenetics Diagnostic Testing Lab offers expert genetic interpretation of constitutional (blood, products of conception; prenatal specimens [chorionic villi; amniotic fluid]) and cancer-related (bone marrow; bone core biopsies; fresh solid tumors; touch preps; formalin fixed paraffin embedded tissues/tumors) specimens, with the goal of providing high quality and timely results to enable clinicians to attain the most accurate diagnosis possible. We use “state of the art” test procedures, including copy number microarray methods, fluorescent in situ hybridization methods, spectral karyotyping methods, and classical banding chromosomal methods.

 

Tests Performed (Click here for a full list of tests PDF Logo):

  • Classical chromosomal studies - can be completed on bone marrow; bone core; blood; products of conception; solid tumor; amniotic fluid; chorionic villi.
  • Fluorescent in situ hybridization (FISH) studies - can be completed on fresh or formalin fixed paraffin embedded samples from bone marrow; bone core; blood; buccal smears; products of conception; solid tumor; tumor touch preps; amniotic fluid; chorionic villi.
  • DNA copy number microarray studies – can be completed on blood; bone marrow; products of conception; solid tumor [fresh or formalin fixed paraffin embedded tissue]. Information about this test can be obtained here PDF Logo.
  • Spectral karyotyping studies – can be completed on fresh tissue yielding chromosomes from bone marrow; bone core; blood; products of conception; solid tumor; amniotic fluid; chorionic villi.

 

Specimen Handling:
All pertinent information is available upon request and can be accessed from Specimen Handling Requirements PDF Logo or by contacting a representative from pathology client services: (804) 828-PATH {828-7284} or 1 (800) 363-9234.

 

Cytogenetic Research Laboratory:  Information about the research lab (and ongoing research studies) can be found on the website for the research lab.  If you have questions about the research lab please contact Colleen Jackson-Cook (see contact information below).

 

For Further Inquiry Contact:

Cynthia Urick

Laboratory Manager

Office: (804) 628-2986 (MCV-CYTO)
Fax: (804) 828-4242
Cynthia.Urick@vcuhealth.org

Dr. Jackson-Cook

Colleen Jackson-Cook, PhD
Laboratory Director

Office: (804) 628-2992
Fax: (804) 828-4242
Colleen.Jackson-Cook@vcuhealth.org