Cytology Consultation, Miscellaneous
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 Pathology/Cytology Request Form (Supply T246) with the specimen.
The following information is required:
1. Specimen containers must be labeled with a minimum of 2 unique identifiers (patientâ€™s name and clinic number).
2. Specimen containers must be accompanied by an acceptable cytology request form including:
a. Patientâ€™s name
b. Patientâ€™s medical record number
c. Patientâ€™s date of birth and sex
d. Specimen source including exact location and procedure used
e. Date specimen was taken
f. Requesting physicianâ€™s name/pager number
g. Pertinent history or clinical information
3. Every glass slide must have proper identification. Two identifiers (patient name and medical record number) are preferred.
Container/Tube: Plastic slide container or plastic block container
Specimen Volume: Stained slide or block
Additional Information: Special stains performed outside Mayo Medical Laboratories and included with the case may be repeated and charged at the reviewing pathologist's discretion. In addition, testing requested by referring physician (immunostains, molecular studies, etc.) may not be performed if deemed unnecessary by Mayo pathologist. For all cytology consultations, auxiliary testing is ordered at the discretion of the Mayo pathologist.
Wet and unprocessed tissue specimens for primary diagnoses
Specimen Stability Information Provides a description of the temperatures required to transport a specimen to the laboratory. Alternate acceptable temperature(s) are also included.