Turnaround times for main reports and additional tests

Timings listed are for an 'average' case. Cases that are difficult to diagnose will take longer, as more tests will be needed.

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Specimen typeNumber of working daysTarget of % within turnaround time
CSF cytology295
Brain biopsies (surgical)5 (2 if no special stains required)95
Pituitary biopsies495
Epilepsy surgery1595
Muscle biopsies1095
Nerve biopsies5 (paraffin) / 20 (semi-thin resin)95 / 90
Skin biopsies (IENFD test)20 (biopsies are batch processed)90
Bone biopsiesDepends on how long it takes to decalcify specimen (usually within 5 days once decalcified)90
Other biopsies5 (2 if no special stains required)80
1p19q deletion15-20 from when request issued90
PCR/Molecular tests10 from when request issued90
Electron microscopy30 from when request issued90
Autopsy general report580
Autopsy macro report3080
Autopsy histology (micro)6080