ThinPrep Screen, Without Physician Interpretation
Method Description Describes how the test is performed and provides a method-specific reference
The specimen is collected by the clinician by the usual methodology (spatula and brush, or broom) and is transferred to prepackaged preservative-containing vials (PreservCyt), rather than smearing directly onto glass slides. The entire vial is sent to the laboratory for processing on the ThinPrep 2000 processor. The automated processing includes mixing with a rotary device, suction filtration of a portion of the specimen (end point defined by a pressure sensor that detects material on the filter), and blot transfer to a glass slide. The slide is then removed from the processor and stained and coverslipped by usual methods.(ThinPrep Processor Overview. In ThinPrep Pap test training manual. Boxborough, Massachusetts: Cytyc, Inc. 1999, p 3)
Day(s) and Time(s) Test Performed Outlines the days and times the test is performed. This field reflects the day and time the sample must be in the testing laboratory to begin the testing process and includes any specimen preparation and processing time required before the test is performed. Some tests are listed as continuously performed, which means assays are performed several times during the day.
Monday through Friday; Varies
Analytic Time Defines the amount of time it takes the laboratory to setup and perform the test. This is defined in number of days. The shortest interval of time expressed is "same day/1 day," which means the results may be available the same day that the sample is received in the testing laboratory. One day means results are available 1 day after the sample is received in the laboratory.
Maximum Laboratory Time Defines the maximum time from specimen receipt at Mayo Medical Laboratories until the release of the test result
Specimen Retention Time Outlines the length of time after testing that a specimen is kept in the laboratory before it is discarded
14 days after report issued
Performing Laboratory Location The location of the laboratory that performs the test