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Registration CodeCFNX
Method

Fine Needle Aspirate performed with the aid of X-ray or ultrasound.

Specimens centrifuged and cellular material is transferred onto glass slides, fixed and stained for cytological examination under a microscope.
Surplus material may be made into a Cytology cellblock (plasma-thrombin clot) for ancillary studies e.g. special stains; immunohistochemistry.

 

External Price$159.21(Exclusive of GST)
  

Specimen Collection

 
Pre-Testing Requirements

Refer comment. See Radiology

Specimen Collection Protocols

Aspirate cells from the specimen site using a syringe needle (22g or 24g). Expel collected cellular material onto a glass slide and smear material (like a blood film). For wet-fixed smear, immediately (within 1 second) immerse the slide in 95% ethanol fixative. Leave the slide in the fixative for 20 minutes to fix the cells. For air-dried smear, allow slides to dry for 10-20 minutes. Remaining material should be rinsed into a centrifuge tube containing CytoRich Red fixative (for suspected carcinomas) or RPMI solution (for suspected lymphomas).

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 Specimen
Sample Delivery to LabASAP
  

CHLabs Laboratory

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

Pathologists will cytologically examine collected material and assess the morphology of the cellular material to determine the diagnosis.

 

Additional Information

Advanced notice: for deep seat lesions arrange with Radiology who will book with Anatomical Pathology office.

Immunocytochemistry or special stains if required may mean a 1-2 delay in reporting.

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 Number9726

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