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Hematology Genetics

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Versiti Diagnostic labs is a leading laboratory partner and recognized leader in hematology, with more than 70 years of experience across the continuum of care of patients with hematologic disorders. We provide premier service through integration of functional diagnostics and disease-focused genetic sequencing, clearly reported to guide superior patient care.

Hematology Genetics

  • Approach

    Disease-Focused for High Quality Analysis

    With Versiti, you can feel confident knowing that each panel is specifically designed for hematology diagnosis, with careful gene-by-gene selection for clinical validity and utility, with comprehensive coverage of relevant regions. By comparison, panels built upon an exome or genome platform to analyze data across the entire set of human genes, scale back data analysis to cover only designated genes. In this approach, breadth is offered at the expense of depth, resulting in gaps in coverage of potentially relevant genes. 

    Our NGS panels are not simply scaled-back analyses, but are custom-built and designed to include every clinically relevant part of each gene expertly selected for inclusion. Supplemental Sanger sequencing to optimize reliable and accurate detection of variants is included in our panel design. This approach to panel design maximizes diagnostic utility and minimizes the risk of off-target results or incidental findings more likely to be identified by a broader testing platform designed for a less specific purpose.

  • Our Multidisciplinary Team

    We work to ensure you receive the most precise analysis through Versiti’s multidisciplinary team approach to review and interpret results. Our team of experts is on hand for clinical consulting and interpretation of your test results. 

  • Tests

    Specifically Designed Panels

    • Clarification and/or confirmation of diagnosis in a patient with clinical and laboratory findings of a hematologic disorder when patient's history suggests multiple disorders
    • Identification of carriers with family history of unspecified bleeding disorders to provide accurate reproductive risk assessment and genetic counseling 

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    Single-Gene Sequencing or Custom Gene Panel

    Analysis of genes included in any specifically designed panel may also be ordered as a stand-alone, single-gene sequencing test or custom panel (2-10 genes), as dictated by the patient’s clinical and laboratory phenotype.

    Targeted Familial Variant Analysis

    Targeted variant analysis for clinical diagnosis, carrier identification or prenatal diagnosis can also be performed on any gene in the panel when the pathogenic variant(s) is known in the family (test code: 4970).

  • Forms

    Hematology Genetics Requisition

    Please complete all pages of the requisition form. Clinical history (including patient’s ethnicity, clinical diagnosis, family history and relevant laboratory findings) is necessary for optimal interpretation of genetic test results and recommendations. Clinical and laboratory history can either be recorded on the requisition form or clinical and laboratory reports can be submitted with the sample. 

    Pre-Authorization Forms

    Diagnostic genetic testing is performed in persons with symptoms and/or clinical signs of a genetic condition, and in persons at high risk for having a genetic condition, particularly if pre-symptomatic intervention can improve outcomes. Genetic testing may also be used to confirm a clinical diagnosis, offer prognostic information that impacts management or rule out a diagnosis in a differential. Often, diagnostic genetic testing of an affected individual will offer results that are relevant to the testing of other family members. 

    Genetic testing may require pre-authorization to best assist in your pre-authorization process; the templates below are designed to be customized to your patient’s clinical scenario.

  • Resources

    Single Gene Sequence Analysis – CPT Codes

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    Utilization Management

    Versiti is dedicated to improving lab test stewardship. Our team is committed to providing premier service in laboratory medicine, which includes consultation for cost-effective approaches to testing. We are proud to be a member and sponsor of Pediatric Laboratory Utilization Guidance Services (PLUGS®), in the national mission to increase the value of testing to patients through advocacy of laboratory test stewardship. 

    "The proper ordering and interpretation of advanced next generation sequencing panels requires a client-focused utilization management (UM) effort. [Versiti] is a leader in combining the most advanced specialty testing with superb UM support." 

    Mike Astion, M.D., Ph.D. 
    Medical Director, Department of Laboratories 
    Senior Vice President, PLUGS 
    Seattle Children’s Hospital

    Variant Classification

    Confidence begins with clarity.
    Versiti has variant classification policies that are founded in established practice and are guided with unparalleled experience in hematology.

    Our genetic tests are specifically designed and optimized for the detection of germline variants known to cause or contribute to numerous common and rare hematological disorders. 

    We adhere to the 5-tier classification system outlined in the American College of Medical Genetics (ACMG) Standards and Guidelines, which are nationally recognized recommendations for clinical variant interpretation among genetic testing laboratories: 

    1. Pathogenic: Conclusive evidence demonstrates that the variant directly causes or contributes to disease
    2. Likely Pathogenic: Strong evidence supports that the variant causes or contributes to disease
    3. Uncertain Significance: Current evidence on the identified variant is insufficient or inconclusive
    4. Likely Benign: Strong evidence supports that the variant does not cause or contribute to disease
    5. Benign: Conclusive evidence that the variant does not cause or contribute to disease


    Specimen Requirements

    Parental/Patient/Pediatric: 3-5 mL whole blood (EDTA tube, lavender top), 2-5 mL bone marrow (EDTA tube, lavender top), 3-4 Buccal swabs or ≥1ug of DNA at ≥50ng/uL of high-quality DNA. 

    Fetal: Direct: 7-15 mL amniotic fluid, 5-10 mg chorionic villi; backup culture of amniocytes or chorionic villi is highly recommended. Cultured: two T25 flasks cultured amniocytes or chorionic villi (2x10^6 minimum). Maternal blood sample of 3-5 mL whole blood (EDTA tube, lavender top) is requested for all prenatal samples for maternal cell contamination studies. 

    Shipping Requirements

    Ship on an ice pack or at room temperature. Protect from freezing. Place the specimen and the requisition into plastic bags and seal. Insert into a Styrofoam container, seal and place into a sturdy cardboard box, and tape securely. Ship the package in compliance with your overnight carrier guidelines.

    Label with the following address:
    Client Services/Diagnostic Laboratory
    BloodCenter of Wisconsin
    638 N. 18th St.
    Milwaukee, WI 53233


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