Specimens must be submitted in formalin (10% formaldehyde)
Liquid based Cytology:
Please use a white-topped ThinPrep LBC vial. These are supplied by us with collecting brushes. The brush heads can either be rinsed in the fluid and discarded or ‘popped off’ into the LBC container.
Conventional and General Cytology:
Slides, cytology fixative spray and slide holders available from the laboratory. Fluids can be submitted in a urine jar for processing in the laboratory.
Please use a white-topped ThinPrep LBC vial. The test can be done from the same sample submitted for LBC cytology. Requests for HPV testing can be made for at least 2 weeks after a cytology result has been received as samples are kept before disposal.
Please do not add formalin or alcohol to samples. Please contact the laboratory for collection.
Other specimen types including immunofluorescence and cytogenetics:
Please do not add formalin or alcohol to samples. Contact the laboratory for urgent collection of fresh tissue.