"There is nothing more useful in general practice than a needle and a glass slide".
There are many limitations to cytology, but fine needle aspiration is one of the most efficient ways to obtain information. Most commonly, it is used to investigate enlarged lymph nodes and various lumps and bumps, both internal and external.
If you are unsure how to sample a lesion (FNA, biopsy, impression smear, etc.) please do not hesitate to call us ahead of sampling to discuss your case. We can discuss the sampling methods that are most likely to yield a diagnosis. We can also walk you through how to take photos of your slides through the microscope eyepiece with your smartphone, and take a quick peek at those photos to let you know whether the slides are even worth sending in. Check out our real time consultation section for more details.
SAMPLES WE ACCEPT:
Air-dried, unstained cytology smears made from:
- Fine needle aspirates or impression smears of “lumps and bumps” or solid organs
- Enlarged lymph nodes
- Joint fluid (direct smears)
- Bone marrow
Fluid cytology (cavity fluids, bronchoalveolar lavage, synovial fluid)
Refer to your user guide for details on preparing cytology samples for submission.