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THIN PREP PAP (GYN)

Department: Cytology
Test Synonym(s): Pap smear, Thin prep, GYN, Liquid-based pap, Conventional pap smear, Cytology
CPT Codes: 88164
Methodology: Please visit the website www.Hologic.com for clinical instructions and information regarding collection and the use of lubricants. Call the lab for assistance and supplies at 615-322-2721.
Tube Type: Thin-Prep Pap collection vial, call lab for supplies.
Specimen: Immediately swish brush in thinprep vial solution. Call Hologic Corporation for training on collecting adequate cervical (pap) specimens at 1-800-442-9892, or visit their website for clinical information at www.hologic.com

Alternate Specimen: Conventional pap smear on glass slide, Must be fixed immediately with spray fixative or slide dropped in 95% Ethanol. Call lab for assistance at 615-322-2721.
Reasons for Rejection: Cannot process specimen with missing specimen source, missing ICD-9 codes, mislabeled specimen and/or requisition, received with fluid leaked out of vial in transit, broken glass slides, and unlabeled glass slides.


Click here for important information about use of lubricants during collection.
Days Performed: Monday - Friday; closed major holidays.
Times Performed: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
TAT: 5 working days
Significance: Lab must have presenting ICD-9 code and specimen source to be able to process specimen. For optimal patient care we must have patient's age, first date of LMP, and any significant clinical history. Call lab for assistance at 615-322-2721.
Special Instructions: Submit specimen with requisition form MC-6424. Clinical information must be complete on GYN requisition, please provide contact information for questions, call the lab for assistance at 615-322-2721. Visit www.hologic.com for clinical information regarding the ThinPrep Pap.







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