Cytology Specimen Handling

Specimens Collected for Cytology

Follow the collection instructions for each specific cytology specimen. They can be found in the Lab Test Menu section.

Specimen Labeling

All specimens must have:

  • Patients full name (first and last)
  • Date of Birth
  • A unique identifier sticker from the requisition slip.
  • Date and time of collection
  • Initials of person collecting specimen

The Pathology Specimen Requisition must be filled out to include:

  • Patient's name
  • Date of Birth
  • Medical Record Number
  • Date of Service
  • Doctor's name
  • Specimen and Site (e.g.. Skin - right arm)
  • Pre-op diagnosis
  • Post-op diagnosis
  • Pertinent Clinical History
  • ICD-10 Diagnosis Code

All specimens must have:

  • Patient's full name (first and last)
  • Date of Birth
  • A unique identifier sticker from the requisition slip
  • Date