Cytology

Test

Required Sample

Shipping

Abdominal fluid cell count & cytology 1 mL fluid + 1-2 slides Ice pack
Bone marrow examination 5-6 marrow aspirate slides Ambient
Bronchoalveolar lavage 1 mL fluid + 1-2 slides Ice pack
Bronchial wash 1 mL fluid and/or 2-3 slides Ice pack
Buffy coat examination 1 mL EDTA blood or 2-3 buffy coat slides Ice pack
Cerebrospinal fluid analysis 0.5 mL CSF Ice pack
Cytology- slides only 2-3 slides Ambient
Distemper inclusion body check 0.2 mL EDTA blood or 1-2 slides Ice pack
Mycoplasma (Hemobartonella) check 0.2 mL EDTA blood and 1-2 slides Ice pack
Pericardial fluid cell count & cytology 1 mL fluid + 1-2 slides Ice pack
Pleural fluid cell count & cytology 1 mL fluid + 1-2 slides Ice pack
Slide review for blood parasites 0.2 mL EDTA blood or 1-2 slides Ice pack
Synovial fluid cell count & cytology 1 mL fluid + 1-2 slides Ice pack
Synovial fluid cytology only 1-2 slides Ambient
Thoracic fluid cell count & cytology 1 mL fluid + 1-2 slides Ice pack
Tissue cytology aspirate/discharge/imprint/scraping 2-3 slides Ambient
Tracheal wash 1 mL fluid + 1-2 slides Ice pack

Handling and shipping advice for cytology samples

  • Send fluid samples overnight with ice pack along with slides made at the time of sample collection if required.
  • Clearly label slides in pencil.
  • Place slides in cardboard or plastic slide holder and secure with tape.
  • Wrap slide holder with bubble wrap, newspaper, or other similar material.
  • Include a completed clinical pathology submission form with billing information, patient information, sample source(s), pertinent history and/or provisional diagnosis, and desired test(s).
  • The required sample type and shipping method for each test are listed above.
  • Please note there is a 10 slide maximum per cytology charge.