Test Catalog

Test ID: SPSM    
Morphology Evaluation (Special Smear), Blood

Testing Algorithm Delineates situations when tests are added to the initial order. This includes reflex and additional tests.

A peripheral blood smear review is performed by a Hematopathologist, at an additional charge, if clinically abnormal results are identified by microscopic examination.


If patient has not had a CBC in the last 3 days, one will be performed at an additional charge.

Specimen Type Describes the specimen type validated for testing

Whole blood

Necessary Information

Clinician should provide indication for performing test.

Specimen Required Defines the optimal specimen required to perform the test and the preferred volume to complete testing

Container/Tube: 2 slides

Specimen Volume: 2 unstained, well prepared peripheral blood smears

Collection Instructions: Smears made from blood obtained by either a lavender top (EDTA) tube or finger stick specimen

Specimen Minimum Volume Defines the amount of sample necessary to provide a clinically relevant result as determined by the Testing Laboratory

Smears: 2

Reject Due To Identifies specimen types and conditions that may cause the specimen to be rejected

Gross hemolysis Reject
Clotted blood Reject

Specimen Stability Information Provides a description of the temperatures required to transport a specimen to the performing laboratory, alternate acceptable temperatures are also included

Specimen TypeTemperatureTimeSpecial Container
Whole bloodAmbient (preferred)CARTRIDGE
 Refrigerated CARTRIDGE