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Test ID: 82037    
ThinPrep Screen, Without Physician Interpretation

Specimen Type Describes the specimen type needed for testing

Varies

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.

 

For optimal interpretation, Pap smears should be collected near the middle of the menstrual cycle. Avoid douching, lubricant use, and sexual intercourse for 24 hours prior to specimen collection.  

 

Only 1 aliquot may be removed from PreservCyt sample vial prior to performing the ThinPrep Pap test, regardless of the volume of the aliquot (maximum aliquot volume: 4 mL).

 

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. Submit any pertinent history or clinical information.

 

Submit only 1 of the following specimens:

 

Broom Collection Device

Specimen Type: Cervical

Collection Container/Tube: Cervix broom (Supply T056)

Submission Container/Tube: PreservCyt solution vial

Collection Instructions:

1. Collect specimen from cervix.

2. Rinse broom in PreservCyt solution vial by pushing broom into bottom of vial 10 times forcing bristles apart.

3. As final step, swirl broom vigorously to further release material. Discard device.

4. Tighten cap on vial.

5. Specimen vial must be labeled with a minimum of 2 unique identifiers (patient's name and medical record number or date of birth). 

 

Endocervical Brush/Spatula Collection Device

Specimen Type: Ectocervix and endocervix

Collection Container/Tube: Plastic spatula and cytobrush (Supply T434)

Submission Container/Tube: PreservCyt solution vial

Collection Instructions:

1. Collect specimen from ectocervix and endocervix.

2. Rinse spatula in PreservCyt solution by swirling spatula vigorously into vial 10 times. Discard spatula.

3. Next, obtain specimen from endocervix using cytobrush.

4. Rinse brush in PreservCyt vial by rotating brush 10 times while pushing against side of vial.

5. Swirl brush vigorously as final step to further release material. Discard brush.

6. Tighten cap on vial.

7. Specimen vial must be labeled with a minimum of 2 unique identifiers (patient's name and medical record number or date of birth).

Specimen Minimum Volume Defines the amount of specimen required to perform an assay once, including instrument and container dead space. Submitting the minimum specimen volume makes it impossible to repeat the test or perform confirmatory or perform reflex testing. In some situations, a minimum specimen volume may result in a QNS (quantity not sufficient) result, requiring a second specimen to be collected.

Only 1 aliquot may be removed from PreservCyt sample vial prior to performing the ThinPrep Pap test, regardless of the volume of the aliquot (maximum aliquot volume: 4 mL).

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

Hemolysis

NA

Lipemia

NA

Icterus

NA

Other

NA

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
VariesAmbient (preferred)42 days
 Refrigerated 42 days