• Specimen Processing

    A step-by-step guide of the freezing process

    Once a donor completes a deposit, our laboratories take the next important steps in preparing the specimen for future use.

    • The sample is evaluated for count and motility.
    • A determination is made about whether to ICI or IUI process the specimen.
    • ICI vials: Cryopreservative is added, and the specimen is transferred into vials that are stored in liquid nitrogen.
    • IUI vials: The specimen is processed through density gradient media then washed once. Cryopreservative is added, and the specimen is transferred into vials that are stored in liquid nitrogen.
    • All specimens remain in quarantine for a minimum of six months and will only be released upon receipt of negative infectious disease results obtained at the end of that period.
    • Vials manufactured at branch locations are shipped to Los Angeles for quarantine and long-term storage.

    Specimen Information

    A.R.T. Vials

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