Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Detection, High-Risk Types
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.
Forms: If not ordering electronically, submit a Microbiology Request Form (Supply T244) with the specimen.
Specimen source is required.
Submit only 1 of the following specimens:
ThinPrep (Non-Pregnant Women Only)
Specimen Type: Cervical
Container/Tube: ThinPrep vial
Specimen Volume: Swab with >8 mL PreservCyt solution
1. Bag ThinPrep specimens individually as they have a tendency to leak during transport.
2. Place labels on the vial and on the bag.
SurePath Test Pack
Specimen Type: Cervical
Preferred: SurePath Test Pack (PrepStain/AutoCyte PREP) Cervical Collection Kit
Acceptable: Polypropylene, 6-mL tube (Supply T465)
Specimen Volume: SurePath residual-enriched cell pellet (remaining specimen left after processing) from PrepStain/AutoCyte PREP plus additional SurePath preservative fluid (formerly CytoRich) for a total specimen volume of 2 mL
1. Indicate "SurePath" on vial and batch sheet.
2. Bag SurePath (PrepStain/AutoCyte PREP) specimens individually as they have a tendency to leak during transport.
3. Place labels on the vial and on the bag.
Additional Information: This collection method is not U.S. FDA-approved for human papillomavirus testing (does not require approval from laboratory).
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.
ThinPrep vials must contain at least 6 mL PreservCyt solution. SurePath (PrepStain/AutoCyte PREP) vials must contain the remaining 800 microL of specimen left in the centrifuge tube after processing on the AutoCyte PREP system plus 2 mL of SurePath Preser
Specimen containing CytoRich Red preservative fluid
Specimen Stability Information Provides a description of the temperatures required to transport a specimen to the laboratory. Alternate acceptable temperature(s) are also included.