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Will Hendricks, PhD, Founder and Chief Scientific Officer, addresses frequently asked questions to provide insight into the value, use cases, and future horizons of genomic diagnostics in canine oncology

Veterinarians

2021 Searchlight Sample Requirements

SearchLight DNA can be run on samples submitted  in the following forms (and quantities)

  • Fine Needle Aspirate Liquid (>0.5 mL in sterile vial/tube with no additives)
  • Fine Needle Aspirate Slides (>5 unstained or stained slides) with one Diff-Quick slide
  • FFPE Scrolls (10 x 10-micron sections) with 1 adjacent H&E slide
  • Unstained FFPE Slides (10 x 10-micron sections) with 1 adjacent H&E slide
  • Decalcification of bone tumors (including osteosarcoma) often involves strong acids that can destroy DNA. If you are submitting a bony tumor for SearchLight DNA it is important that we obtain a sample that has not undergone decalcification in strong acid. Please submit a non-decalcified sample or allow us to coordinate with the pathology lab in order to determine if SearchLight DNA is feasible for that sample.

Please note that we can also process tissue in other less common formats such as a full paraffin block or fresh frozen tissue. Please inquire for more details.

Searchlight DNA  is an extensively validated, targeted next-generation sequencing assay. A tumor that you aspirate or biopsy can be sent directly to our laboratory for genomic analysis with SearchLight DNA. If the sample has already been submitted to another lab, Vidium will coordinate transfer of it to our laboratory at no additional cost. At our laboratory, Vidium scientists extract and sequence the DNA to identify the unique mutations in your patient’s tumor. These mutations are then matched against a proprietary scientific database (derived from scientific literature and public genomic databases), and summarized in both a technical report for the veterinarian and also a condensed report for the pet owner.

With these results, you may be able to prescribe oral therapies that target the specific mutations in your patient’s tumor.

Searchlight DNA can be ordered at the time of tumor sampling (aspiration or biopsy) or after results/cytology is returned. Searchlight DNA can aid in diagnosis, prognosis, and/or treatment planning. It may help guide you in cases where treatment protocols are unclear/borderline, or in cases where the veterinary team desires more data before recommending a course of treatment. Identification of predictive genomic biomarkers associated with targeted therapies, description of the context in which those therapies may be effective, and provision of the evidence to support those associations can assist you in considering integration of targeted therapies into treatment protocols. It may also help guide you in cases that have ambiguous or unclear histopathology. When a patient’s disease progresses amid therapy or when a new metastatic lesion displays unexpected or bizarre behavior, Searchlight DNA can help identify new mutations that could provide additional biomarker associations to inform a patient’s evolving clinical management. Searchlight DNA can help inform clinical decision-making in these cases, but every case is unique and other cases in which this test is helpful may exist. To talk with someone at Vidium to determine if Searchlight DNA is right for your patient, please contact us.

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Reports for SearchLight DNA tests are delivered 9-12 days from receipt of the sample at the Vidium genomics laboratory.

Yes. We understand that it may be helpful to discuss the report with our scientists, so we offer one-on-one phone consultations for veterinarians following delivery of your SearchLight DNA report, free of charge.

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For pathology cases, please contact your pathologist directly using the contact information in your report.

Order Accounts include an account code and pin and are not actually an account you log into. Instead it is a code that identifies your hospital and pre-fills the hospital’s information in your order so you don’t have to.

Creating an account is easy and takes less than 2 minutes. If you call customer service, we will set it up for you, or you can create the account at the time you place your first order. Follow the prompts for the test you want to place and you’ll be guided through the process.

Don’t know your account code or pin? Call customer service at (833) 794-0318.

Report Viewing Portals are logged into using a hospital’s account code and password. In this portal you will be able to access reports for all orders placed under this account.

Within 24 hours of placing your first order, you will receive an email with login information for your Report Viewing Portal.

Don’t know your password? Can’t find the report you are looking for? Call customer service at (833) 794-0318.

Histopathology

Histopathology specimens should be shipped to:
Vidium Animal Health, c/o Integrated Pathology
9150 W Indian School Rd # 122
Phoenix, AZ 85037

Batching of multiple cases in one box is encouraged!

Slides for second opinion histopathology review should be shipped to:
Vidium Animal Health
445 N 5th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85004

For second opinion histopathology review, please have the originating lab send the original or recut H&E slides from all blocks of the case to Vidium.

Cytology

Do not ship biopsy submissions in cytology kits and do not combine cytology slides with boxes containing formalin jars as the fumes can impair cytology evaluation.

Specimens should be shipped to:
Vidium Animal Health
445 N 5th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85004

SearchLight DNA

If the sample is at your clinic, please package securely and ship overnight to Vidium’s lab. In summer months, include a cold pack to avoid overheating.
Vidium Animal Health
445 N 5th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85004

Specimen collection kits and shipping costs are offered for pathology orders at no extra cost.

During the ordering process:
⋅ You will be asked if you would like to print a shipping label to cover the cost of shipping through FedEx (not necessary if using a Vidium Kit).
⋅ Vidium Kits can be requested by clicking the button below.

Large Specimens (amputated leg, large spleen, etc) must be shipped according to the Large Specimen Protocol. Clinics are responsible for shipping of large specimens and should not use Vidium kits or shipping labels.
As batching of samples for shipping is encouraged, the 3 pound limit is for one single sample. Batch shipments may weigh over 3 pounds and still use Vidium’s shipping kits and labels.

Request Kits

Print the Order Card provided upon order submission to include with specimen for identification.

If using your own packaging, securely package the sample and use the FedEx shipping label printed when you place your order.

Large Specimens (amputated leg, large spleen, etc) must be shipped according to the Large Specimen Protocol. Clinics are responsible for shipping of large specimens and should not use Vidium kits or shipping labels.
As batching of samples for shipping is encouraged, the 3 pound limit is for one single sample. Batch shipments may weigh over 3 pounds and still use Vidium’s shipping kits and labels.

If using a Vidium specimen collection kit, choose the most appropriate size formalin jar and box for your specimen from the supplies provided, ensuring that the lid is tight and does not leak. Label each jar with the patient name and organ/source location.

⋅ Place the formalin jar inside a sealed biohazard bag.

⋅ Put this into a bubble pouch and into the box. You may send all specimens from all orders in the same box as long as each patient’s specimens are separately bagged.

⋅ Add the Order Card with QR code to the box. If you are sending specimens from multiple patients in the same box, keep them separate by placing the jars and Order Card from each patient together in a sealed bag and then into the box.

*Batching of multiple cases in one box is encouraged!

⋅ Put the box into the Clinical Pak from FedEx, which already has a prepaid shipping label attached.

⋅ If you’d like a FedEx pick up arranged, call FedEx at (800) 463-3339.

⋅ Specimens should be shipped to:
Vidium Animal Health, c/o Integrated Pathology
9150 W Indian School Rd # 122
Phoenix, AZ 85037

⋅ Slides for second opinion histopathology review should be shipped to:
Vidium Animal Health
445 N 5th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85004
*For second opinion histopathology review, please have the originating lab send the original or recut H&E slides from all blocks of the case to Vidium.

Yes, and we encourage you to!

If you are sending biopsy specimens from multiple patients in the same box, keep them separate by placing the jars and Order Card from each patient together in a sealed bag and then into the box.

You may send cytology samples from as many patients as you like in the same envelope. Keep each order separated by placing all slides and the Order Card from each patient in a sealed bag and then into the envelope.

Do not ship biopsy submissions in cytology kits and do not combine cytology slides with boxes containing formalin jars as the fumes can impair cytology evaluation.

For large specimens (amputated leg, large spleen, etc), please follow Vidium’s large specimen submission protocol. Clinics are responsible for shipping costs for specimens weighing more than 3 pounds.

As batching of samples for shipping is encouraged, the 3 pound limit is for one single sample. Batch shipments may weigh over 3 pounds and still use Vidium’s shipping kits and labels.

Yes you can! At the time of order, you may select a specific pathologist if you’d like.

We know how important it is to understand the costs for pathology up front. When your order is submitted, you will be provided with the number of simple and complex biopsy sources being ordered for the case, enabling you to accurately bill your clients at the time of biopsy submission.

Contact customer service for a Test Directory.

Absolutely. You will be given the option to add SearchLight DNA to any pathology order. If you would like to add a test after receiving a report for your first test, simply call customer service and they will take care of it for you.

If you are ordering SearchLight DNA and would like a pathology review, you will be given the option to add this service at the time of order. Please note this review requires submission of a prior pathology report with your order.

We try to keep it simple and easy. Just call customer service and we will add the test to your case. That’s all!

Of course! We have several printouts designed to make things as clear and simple as possible. You will find them all on our Clinic Support Materials page.

Print this Ordering Made Simple document for everything you need to know to order and ship with Vidium.

Pet owners

SearchLight DNA can help you and your veterinarian navigate your dog’s cancer journey by:
1. Uncovering important information about your pet’s tumor. Using the most up-to-date scientific data, the SearchLight DNA test provides as much information as possible about your dog’s diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment options.
2. Personalizing management and treatment to your dog’s needs. Identifying the mutations in the tumor allows you and your veterinary team to select the treatment that targets those mutations and rule out others that may not be beneficial.
3. Delivering clarity and confidence. By helping you and your veterinarian make informed decisions, SearchLight DNA allows you to navigate the cancer journey with confidence.
4. Allowing treatment to possibly begin sooner. Earlier treatment may improve your dog’s outcomes and may make it possible to spend more time with them.
5. Helping give you peace of mind. Knowing that you and your veterinary team are providing the best care possible for your dog may give you and your family some peace of mind.

Your veterinarian will send a sample of your dog’s tumor to our laboratory, where scientists isolate and study the tumor’s DNA to identify the specific mutations. A report is provided within 9-12 days. Using this information, you and your veterinary team will discuss the diagnosis, review treatment options, and determine the best course of action so care can be provided to your dog as quickly as possible.

The first step will be to discuss SearchLight DNA with your veterinary team to see if it is right for your dog. Your veterinarian can order the test or, if you agree the best course of action is for you to order the test directly, you can place your order on this page. Click the “Place Order” button. A sample of your pet’s tumor will be taken at your veterinarian’s office and sent to Vidium’s lab. Your pet’s tumor may have already been biopsied and sent to a pathology lab for diagnosis. Vidium can also coordinate with pathology labs to receive a sample. For more details, please see the Products page.

SearchLight DNA costs $1000. If you have pet insurance for your dog, the cost of SearchLight DNA will be covered.

The results of your pet’s test will be sent to your veterinarian, who will discuss the results directly with you.

Vidium is a part of your veterinary care team. We work with the other team members to create the most complete picture of your pet’s cancer possible. By providing your veterinarian with the genomics information in the report, we are helping with the understanding of all treatment choices and potentially unlocking new options for you and your pet. You and your veterinarian are on this journey together and Vidium is here to support both of you.

Results from a SearchLight DNA test will be sent to your veterinarian in the form of a report 9-12 days from the time Vidium receives the sample in our genomics laboratory.