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22546 Cytology, Pap Smear, Conventional

Cytology, Pap Smear, Conventional
Test Code: CPAP
Synonyms/Keywords
Pap Smear, Cervical Smear, Vaginal Smear​
Useful For
The cervicovaginal smear is a test for the detection of premalignant, cellular changes, which are precursors to carcinoma of the cervix.  The conventional pap smear, when used as part of a regular screening program has been credited with reducing the incidence of cervical cancer worldwide.   ​
Specimen Requirements
Specimen Type Preferred Container/Tube Acceptable Container/Tube Specimen Volume Specimen Minimum Volume
(allows for 1 repeat)
Pediatric Minimum Volume
(no repeat)
Smear​ Pap-Pak Kit​
Collection Processing Instructions
​PREFERRED:  Using the PAP-PAK Cytobrush Kit, label slide with patient's name and one other unique identifier.  Collect specimen from the vagina, cervix and/or endocervix with brush and spatula and fix slides immediately with cytology fixative. 
 
Maturation Index: If a maturation index is requested, prepare a second smear according to the Maturation Index Collection Instructions.
Specimen Stability Information
Specimen Type Temperature
​Smear ​Room Temperature
Rejection Criteria
Fixed Improperly
Smears With Scant Cellularity​
Performing Laboratory Information
Performing Location Day(s) Test Performed Analytical Time Methodology/Instrumentation
​Marshfield Monday-Friday​ 1 day​ Light Microscopy​
Test Information
Two patient identifiers (i.e. name, date-of-birth, medical history number) must be written on the slide with pencil.  Stickers and/or labels are not acceptable.
 
Specimen source and pertinent patient history must be provided on the electronic order or requisition form.​
Reference Range Information
Performing Location Reference Range
​Marshfield Interpretative Report (Bethesda System)​
Outreach CPTs
CPT Modifier
(if needed)
Quantity Description Comments
P3000​ Screening Purposes - ThinPrep Pap​
P3001​ Screening Purposes - Interp. By Physician​ - Charge as needed
88164​ Diagnostic Purposes - ThinPrep Pap​
88141​ Diagnostic Purposes - Interp. By Physician​ - Charge as needed
Synonyms/Keywords
Pap Smear, Cervical Smear, Vaginal Smear​
Ordering Applications
Ordering Application Description
​Centricity ​None
​Cerner ​Conventional PAP
​COM ​Conventional Pap
If the ordering application you are looking for is not listed, contact your local laboratory for assistance.
Specimen Requirements
Specimen Type Preferred Container/Tube Acceptable Container/Tube Specimen Volume Specimen Minimum Volume
(allows for 1 repeat)
Pediatric Minimum Volume
(no repeat)
Smear​ Pap-Pak Kit​
Collection Processing
​PREFERRED:  Using the PAP-PAK Cytobrush Kit, label slide with patient's name and one other unique identifier.  Collect specimen from the vagina, cervix and/or endocervix with brush and spatula and fix slides immediately with cytology fixative. 
 
Maturation Index: If a maturation index is requested, prepare a second smear according to the Maturation Index Collection Instructions.
Specimen Stability Information
Specimen Type Temperature
​Smear ​Room Temperature
Rejection Criteria
Fixed Improperly
Smears With Scant Cellularity​
Useful For
The cervicovaginal smear is a test for the detection of premalignant, cellular changes, which are precursors to carcinoma of the cervix.  The conventional pap smear, when used as part of a regular screening program has been credited with reducing the incidence of cervical cancer worldwide.   ​
Reference Range Information
Performing Location Reference Range
​Marshfield Interpretative Report (Bethesda System)​
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Performing Laboratory Information
Performing Location Day(s) Test Performed Analytical Time Methodology/Instrumentation
​Marshfield Monday-Friday​ 1 day​ Light Microscopy​
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Outreach CPTs
CPT Modifier
(if needed)
Quantity Description Comments
P3000​ Screening Purposes - ThinPrep Pap​
P3001​ Screening Purposes - Interp. By Physician​ - Charge as needed
88164​ Diagnostic Purposes - ThinPrep Pap​
88141​ Diagnostic Purposes - Interp. By Physician​ - Charge as needed
For most current information refer to the Marshfield Laboratory online reference manual.