This manual is designed for the purpose of providing a simple and easy-to-follow guideline for collection, transport and submission of specimens for cytological analysis.
Compromising the diagnostic integrity of specimens is avoided when the client and the lab follow proper collection, preservation and reporting procedures. In addition, maintaining these guidelines will shorten turnaround time, preserve necessary patient information and ensure safe, timely transport of the sample.

The goal of PAML and Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center (PSHMC) in providing this manual is to maintain a high quality of patient care by obtaining specimens in their most preserved state, receiving the most complete and accurate patient information, and reporting back to the clinician with minimal turnaround time.

To view the complete 2016 Cytology Reference Manual, click the link below.

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