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Test ID: 80184    
Cervical Papanicolaou Smear, Diagnostic without Physician Interpretation

Specimen Type Describes the specimen type needed for testing


Specimen Required Defines the optimal specimen. This field describes the type of specimen required to perform the test and the preferred volume to complete testing. The volume allows automated processing, fastest throughput and, when indicated, repeat or reflex testing.

Mayo Medical Laboratories’ clients need prior laboratory approval to order Cytology testing.


Container/Tube: Glass slide

Specimen Volume: Circular scrape of cervical os

Collection Instructions: Label slide with patient's first and last names and identification number (required), and fix immediately in 95% alcohol or treat with commercially available spray fixative.

Additional Information:

1. Patient's age or date of birth, source (cervical, endocervical, or vaginal), and name of ordering physician is required.

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

3. For optimal interpretation, Pap smears should be collected near the middle of the menstrual cycle.

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









Specimen Stability Information Provides a description of the temperatures required to transport a specimen to the laboratory. Alternate acceptable temperature(s) are also included.

Specimen TypeTemperatureTime
CervicalAmbient (preferred)