The Cytopathology Laboratory examines cells in body fluids or those obtained by scraping, brushing or aspirating various organs. This busy laboratory examines approximately 30,000 gynecologic and 10,000 non-gynecologic specimens annually. Liquid-based preparations (ThinPrep ®; Hologic, Bedford, MA) are most commonly prepared for gynecologic Pap tests by the technical staff, cytotechnologists, and cytopathologists dedicated to this service.
Non-gynecologic specimens processed by the cytopathology laboratory include exfolative cytology specimens (e.g., effusions, ascites, urines, bronchoalveolar lavages, etc.) and fine-needle aspiration (FNA) specimens for palpable lesions and deep-seated lesions (e.g., endobronchial ultrasound-guided mediastinal/hilar lymph node FNAs, endoscopic ultrasound-guided pancreatic FNAs, computed tomography-guided FNAs, ultrasound-guided thyroid FNAs, etc). Fine needle aspiration cytology is frequently useful in planning or even avoiding the need for surgery.
Clinical consultative services are provided upon request by our board certified cytopathologists to all external physicians, hospitals and clinics. Surgical or cytological specimens should be accompanied by a Surgical / Cytopathology Requisition.