A. Dr. Whisenant:
When submitting a specimen, be sure the basic requisition forms are complete and add as much specific information as possible – biopsy site, lesion location/description/history, clinical differential diagnosis. In addition, uploading images of your patient’s lesion can be valuable to diagnosis and treatment suggestions. Upload capabilities are available for podiatrists through the Bako Diagnostics web portal.
A. Dr. Montes:
Understanding the appropriate scenarios to use the varying specimen collection techniques (punch, shave, scraping, excision, avulsion, etc.), the correct preservatives to use, and how to avoid sampling artifact – are all key to proper submission and diagnosis. Bako Diagnostics has published the “Lower Extremity Biopsy Techniques,” a Practice Essentials guide for the podiatric medical professional. This is helpful in identifying the best practices for specimen collection. A complimentary copy is available to all podiatrists at https://bit.ly/3sY6yks.