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Registration CodeCMIS

Cytological examination of slides.

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; 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$82.43(Exclusive of GST)

Specimen Collection

Specimen Collection Protocols

Specimens from 1mL to 200mL can be collected fresh and placed into a specimen pottle or centrifuge tubes and sent to CHL -  refer to Ward Protocols.

Specimen should be collected in a screw-capped container. Please ensure that the cap is closed to ensure specimen does not leak in transit.

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

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

Instructions for Referral to CHLabs

Aliquot InstructionsRefrigerate if delay eg. weekends. Spin down sample using the senders' protocol. Add sufficient CRR to the deposit to lyse the red blood cells and fix the specimen (1mL of CRR per drop of red blood cells). Resuspend and send to CHL promptly at room temperature.
Aliquot Transport to CHLSend to laboratory promptly at room temperature if in CRR.

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

1 mL minimum sample, 100 mL best.

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 Number9719

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