Cytology, Screening Thin Layer Cervical-Vaginal Pap Test, St. Joseph

Abbrev Code:PTLSCT   
Order Code:LAB1000Order Name:A Pap Thin Layer Prep Screening
Synonyms:Autocyte; Cervical Smear; Endocervical Cytology; Pap Smear; Papanicolaou Smear; Screening Pap; SurePath Pap; Thin Layer Pap; Thin Prep Pap; Vulvar Cytology
Methodology:Preferred methodology SurePath Pap test. Thin Layer: Processing utilizing SurePrep or Thin Prep processing devices, staining and microscopic evaluation
CPT Codes: GO123 x1
Test Includes:Pathologist consultation fee is added of potentially abnormal. Note: Molecular testing for HPV DNA is possible when using think layer, liquid collection methodology if reflex is requested by the physician.
Turnaround Time:Performed Mon-Fri, 0800-1500, results are reported within one week.
Special Instructions:
Provide pertinent clinical history.

Screening Paps are covered by Medicare:

May be used for routine 3-year interval cervical cancer screening test in all woman ≥21 years. For 5-year interval testing (co-testing) in women 30-65 years, order with Human Papillomavirus (HPV).

  1. Early onset sexual activity (under 16 years of age).
  2. Multiple sexual partners (five or more in a lifetime).
  3. History of a sexually transmitted disease (including HIV)
  4. Fewer than three negative Pap tests within the past seven years.
  5. Daughters of women who took DES (diethylstilbestrol) during pregnancy.
  6. Women of childbearing age who have had a Pap test indicating the presence of cervical cancer or other abnormality within the past three years.

Collection Instructions

Specimen:Cervical Smear
Container:SurePath collection vial
Collection Instructions:  Thin Layer/SurePath:
  • Label the vial of SurePath preservative fluid. SurePath vial must contain at least two patient identifiers: patient name, date of birth, or medical record number.
  • Using a Rover's Cervex brush, place the brush on the cervix and rotate clockwise five rotations. Disconnect the brush tip into the preservative vial. Cap the vial and send to the Cytology Laboratory with completed request form. All collection devices should be placed in the vial when sending.

HPV Testing
  • If HPV testing is requested, please note on the request form.

Processing and Shipping

Test Performed at or Referral Lab Cytology  (St. Joseph's)

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