Hours of Operation

The Cytology Laboratory is open 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Contact Us

  • 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.