Hours of Operation
The Cytology Laboratory is open 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday.
- Telephone: (314) 577-8696 or (314) 577-8683
- Fax: (314) 577-8698
Non-gynecological and FNA reports are generally available within two working days of receipt. Pap smears are generally available within four days of receipt.
Request for Services: Cytologic specimens are accepted only if requested by a physician or other authorized persons. Authorized sources include:
- Any physician on staff at SLUCare and its affiliate hospitals.
- Any clinic or practice that participates in the hospital outreach program.
- Any physician licensed to practice medicine in the states of Missouri and Illinois.
- Any licensed reference laboratory.
Specimen Identification: Specimen for cytologic examination must be clearly labeled with the patient's name, date of birth or MRN and must be submitted with a completed cytology requisition.
Containers: All specimens must be submitted in a properly labeled container which, at a minimum, includes the patient's name, date of birth or MRN and type/source of specimen.
Slides: All slides submitted must be identified by writing the patient's name and date of birth at the frosted end of the slide with a #2 lead pencil (preferred method) or solvent resistant pen (Secureline® Marker II/SuperFrost HistoPrep™ pen, black).
Requisition: The cytology requisition must specify:
- Patient's name, date of birth, age, and sex
- Patient's hospital identification number
- Submitting, attending, and consulting physician's first and last name
- Test(s) required
- Date specimen was collected
- Source and method of collection
- Clinical history and diagnosis including therapy and reason for examination
- Date of last Menstrual Period (LMP) menstrual gestation status
Oral Requisition: Verbal/phone request for testing will not be accepted with the exception of addition of ancillary test for HPV and/or CT/NG.
Rush Specimens: Should an emergency arise and a specimen must be picked up at an off-time, a "rush" pick up can be arranged by having the clinician phone the cytology laboratory to make arrangements.