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Cytological examination of slides.

Specimens centrifuged and cellular material is transferred onto glass slides, fixed and stained for cytological examination under a microscope.
Some material is made into a Cytology cellblock (plasma-thrombin clot), which can be used for ancillary studies e.g. special stains, immunocytochemistry.
Diagnostic Use / Indications

Cytological examination of well-preserved cellular material for the detection of normal and/or atypical cell changes affecting the specimen site.

External Price$92.90(Exclusive of GST)

Specimen Collection

Specimen Collection Protocols

Aspirate cells from the specimen site using a syringe needle (22g or 24g). Expel collected cellular material  into a centrifuge tube or specimen pottle containing CytoRich Red fixative (for suspected carcinomas), alternatively, into a centrifuge tube or specimen pottle containing RPMI solution ( for suspected lymphomas).

Please ensure that the tubes/pottles are fully closed to ensure specimen does not leak in transit.

If specimens are delayed or late in the day, please refrigerate (4 degrees Celsius) and send immediately the next day.

Specimens MUST be properly labelled with patient details - full name and NHI or full name and date of birth, and accompanied with a matching request form.

Patient SpecimenRefer comment
Sample Delivery to LabASAP
Aliquot Transport to CHLASAP. If specimens are delayed or late in the day, please refregirate (4 degrees Celsius) and send immediately the next day.

CHLabs Laboratory

DepartmentAnatomical Pathology - Cytology
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Contact Phone Number(03) 3640580
Test AvailabilityMon - Fri, business hours.
Turnaround Time4-5 working days.
Additional Information

Aspirate fluid into a specimen pottle or tube containing anti-coagulant for blood stained samples.

Special stains or immunocytochemistry (if required), may add 1-2 days to the turnaround time.

Specimen pottles pre-filled with CytoRich Red can be obtained from the Cytology Dept Preparation Area by calling Extn: 80583. Containers will then be sent via Orderlies.

Test-adding Cytology can be done up to 7 days on the original specimen, BUT delays in fixation may make cytological examination and interpretation difficult. A repeat sample may be advisable in this situation, if easily obtainable.

Samples are stored in a refrigerator until reported (usually within 7 days) before being discarded.
Delphic Number Test Number9723

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