FISH for urine cytology

Instructions for the patient

Anomalies in chromosomes 3, 7, 17 and locus 9p-21 in bladder carcinomas

Collection of urine samples

Collect the second urine (discarding the first urine) in two sterile collection vessels and send these immediately to the laboratory to avoid any degenerative process. It is advised that samples be stored in a refrigerator and in any case at a temperature not exceeding 25°C. Alternatively, samples may be collected directly at the Hospital.

Request for specialist SSN Services (Red order form)

The form used to request the analysis must be filled out by an SSN physician with a copy filed in the relevant Outpatient Clinic’s Analysis Request Register. The request should include the words: “IBRIDAZIONE IN SITU (FISH) SU NUCLEI INTERFASICI MEDIANTE SONDA MOLECOLARE IN COSMIDE PER LOCUS 9p-21 E SONDE ALFOIDI PER CROMOSOMI 3, 7, 17”.

Delivery details

a) The red SSN order form for the urine cytology examination should be delivered to the Specimens Reception Counter (First Underground Level), from Monday to Friday, between 8 am and 10 am.

b) The collection vessels should be delivered to the Pathological Anatomy Laboratory (First Floor, East Wing) together with the photocopy of the red order form (issued by the Staff of the Specimens Reception Counter when logging in the examination request).

If the urine sample was collected at the Hospital, please let the staff on the Specimens Reception Counter know when you hand over the order form.

The Laboratory is opened for deliveries from Monday to Friday, from 7.30 a.m to 12.30 p.m and from 2 pm to 4.30 pm. For further information regarding the examination please telephone 06 22541 1151 during the times shown above or  send an e-mail.

Collecting the report

Reports will be available for collection 20 working days after the request is submitted. Either the patient or a delegated person can collect the report at the Medical Documentation Archive.

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