Examination of fetal cells in culture
Analysis on a computerised microscope
Breast cancer (fluorescence in situ)
Multiple sample electrophoresis
Comparative Genomic Hybridisation
As part of the Northern Regional Genetics Program, our mandate is the provision and facilitation of Genetics Laboratory Services throughout western and eastern Northern Ontario.
For all samples:
Bone marrow: Collect 1-2 cc of unclotted bone marrow in a sterile, sodium heparin vacutainer (for karyotype and/or FISH studies) and in EDTA (for possible microarray CGH investigations):
Amniotic fluid: Collect 18-20 cc of fluid in a sterile container.
Skin: Inner forearm or shoulder blade are preferred. Clean the area with alcohol and let dry completely. A 3x2x0.5 mm pinch biopsy is enough. Pinpoint bleeding at the pinch assures that live fibroblasts are included in the biopsy. Put in a tube or small bottle completely filled with culture medium or Hank’s balanced salt solution or sterile normal saline solution. Indicate the site of biopsy on the label.
Products of conception: Take at least two separate sterile samples not exceeding 5x5x5 mm from different locations including skin. Put in a tube or small bottle completely filled with culture medium or Hank’s balanced salt solution or sterile normal saline solution. Indicate the site of each sample on each label.
Tumours and lymph nodes: Put tumour sample (not exceeding 5x5x5 mm) and up to the entire lymph node in a tube or bottle, completely filled with culture medium or Hank’s balanced salt solution or sterile normal saline solution. Indicate the site of origin on the label.
Paraffin embedded tissue for FISH study: Use formalin fixed samples only. Put a 4μm thin slice on an ionised slide, with smaller negative and positive control samples at the end of the same slide. Clearly indicate which sample is which, and which area of the patient’s sample needs testing (make drawing or use marker on accompanying H&E slide that we will return to your lab).
The Genetics Laboratory is not open to the public. Test results are only given to referring health professionals. The laboratory is located in the South Tower of the Sudbury Regional Hospital (41 Ramsey Lake Road, Sudbury ON P3E 5J1).
Referring centres and health professionals can contact the laboratory at:
Telephone: (705) 675-4782
Fax: (705) 675-4776
The Cytogenetics laboratory is open from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. from Monday to Friday.
Ms. Lorena Cabral, MBA, BSc, MRT(R), CHE
Dr. Gilbert B. Côté, PhD, FCCMG
Mr. Rick Mancini
Ms. Pam Kirwan
Ms. Theresa Paradis
Ms. Loreen Veno
Ms. Lorna Nawalaniec
Ms. Anne McBain, HBSc, MLT (CG)
Ms. Victoria Creighton, HBSc, MLT (CG)
Ms. Alexandra Noussi, MLT(CG)
Ms. Amanda Piche-Marolt, HBSc, MLT (G)
Mr. Steve Reid, BSc, MLT(G)
Ms. Shabnam Salehi-Rad, HBSC, MLT(G)
Ms. Bernice Suitor, HBSc, MLT (CG)
Ms. Paula Haas