Test Catalog

Test ID: CPAPD    
Conventional Smear-Diagnostic, Varies

Specimen Type Describes the specimen type validated for testing


Advisory Information

Laboratory approval prior to ordering cytology testing is required


Specimen submitted as endocervical curettage or endocervical brushing must be ordered as CYTNG/ Cytology Non-Gynecologic.

Necessary Information

1. An acceptable cytology request form must accompany specimen containers and include the following: Patient's name, medical record number, date of birth, sex, source (exact location and procedure used), date specimen was taken, name of ordering physician and pager number.

2. Submit any pertinent clinical information, including date of last menstrual period.

Specimen Required Defines the optimal specimen required to perform the test and the preferred volume to complete testing

Patient Preparation: For optimal interpretation, Papanicolaou smears should be collected near the middle of the menstrual cycle. No douching, lubricant use, or sexual intercourse for 24 hours prior to specimen collection. 

Container/Tube: Slide

Specimen Volume: Circular scrape of cervical os

Collection Instructions:

1. Specimen containers must be labeled with a minimum of 2 unique identifiers (patient's name, and medical record number or date of birth). Containers should also be labeled with specimen source, and date collected.

2. Glass slides may be labeled with a single unique identifier, but 2 identifiers are preferred. If multiple slides are submitted, each slide must have proper identification. Glass slides should be identified with the patient's name and a second patient identifier that is also on the accompanying paperwork (ie, medical record number or date of birth)

3. Fix slides immediately in 95% alcohol or treat with commercially available spray fixative.

Special Instructions Library of PDFs including pertinent information and forms related to the test


Gyn-Cytology Patient Information (T601) in Special Instructions

Reject Due To Identifies specimen types and conditions that may cause the specimen to be rejected

SurePath vial Reject

Specimen Stability Information Provides a description of the temperatures required to transport a specimen to the performing laboratory, alternate acceptable temperatures are also included

Specimen TypeTemperatureTimeSpecial Container
VariesAmbient (preferred)SLIDE
 Refrigerated SLIDE