The Human Leukocyte Antigen (HLA) Laboratory at INBC provides specialized histocompatibility testing for patients awaiting organ transplantation, for patients requiring HLA compatible platelet transfusions, and for patients with conditions associated with certain HLA antigens. The HLA laboratory works closely with the Sacred Heart Kidney Transplant Program and the Inland Northwest Thoracic Organ Transplant Program to provide HLA typing, HLA antibody screening and lymphocyte crossmatching for patients awaiting kidney or heart transplants. The HLA laboratory also works with the organ procurement organization, Life Center Northwest, to help carry out the wishes of deceased organ donors in Eastern Washington, North Idaho, and Montana.

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Certification and Accreditation

The HLA Laboratory is accredited for testing by the following organizations:

  • American Society for Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics (ASHI)
  • United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS)
  • CLIA (State of Washington)

Ordering Information

For test descriptions, please click here.

For sample requirements for specific tests, see the Test Profiles section and refer to the following general guidelines:

– Samples shipped to INBC must contain the patient/donor name, one identification number (SSN, DOB, Hospital Number, or UNOS number), and the sample draw date.

– Blood samples must be shipped at ambient temperature

– Samples shipped to INBC must be sent with an HLA Request Form

Patient Information

Sometimes you just want to know more.
Inland Northwest Blood Center is part of your medical team and we are here to help. You can find some “cheat sheets” for information about terminology and why certain tests are needed. This information is also very helpful for family and friends to help understand what loved ones are going through.

Histo 101

The field of histocompatibility and immunogenetics can be very intimidating, especially to the non-scientist. This section is designed to be a simplified view of the HLA system and its importance in transplantation and transfusion medicine.  For more information, please click here.

Heart Patient Q&A

Kidney Patient Q&A

Platelet Patient Q&A