Method Description Describes how the test is performed and provides a method-specific reference
A sample is obtained from the lateral vaginal wall by the clinician using the usual methodology (spatula and/or brush) and smeared on a glass slide which is immediately fixed with a commercial spray fixative or dropped into 95% ethanol. The smear is then stained with the Papanicolaou stain, coverslipped, and given to the cytology staff for microscopic interpretation.(Unpublished Mayo method)
The ThinPrep pap specimen is processed on a T2000 or T3000 processor, producing a slide that is stained with a Papanicolaou stain. The stained slides are examined microscopically.(Operatorâ€™s manual: ThinPrep 2000 System, Cytyc, Marlboro, MA: ThinPrep 3000 Processor, Cytyc, Marlboro, MA)
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 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
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
Performing Laboratory Location The location of the laboratory that performs the test