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