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​Fine Needle Aspirations


​ ​Specimen Requirements

  • Sterile, leak-proof specimen jar containing 10 mL Cytolyt or saline for needle rinse
  • Microscopic slides and slide container
​Collection Procedure
  • All non-palpable lesions must be referred to Radiology
  • Palpable lesions:
    • Pathologist Performing FNA: For FNA of palpable lesions forward a completed copy of the “Request for Fine Needle Aspiration” to the laboratory, including clinical history and pertinent imaging studies. (Add link here to request form) Call 655-8398 for further information.
    • Physician Performing FNA: Using a pencil, label frosted ends of slides with patient’s last name, first name and personal health number (PHN). Place a drop of specimen on slide and with a second slide spread the material in the same manner as a blood smear. Fix (F) one slide immediately with spray fixative and allow the second slide to air dry (AD). Write F or AD on the appropriate slide and once dry, place in slide container. Rinse needle in Cytolyt or saline in labelled specimen jar. Securely tighten container and place, with slide container, in biohazard bag. On requisition, indicate anatomic source of FNA and if needle was rinsed in Cytolyt or saline. Place completed requisition, with label facing out, in outside pouch. Deliver to Cytology laboratory and place in refrigerator.
​Required Volume
  • Optimal Volume: 10 mL to 15 mL
  • ​Refrigerate
Grounds for Rejection​

Testing Information​ ​

  • ​Monday to Friday (excluding statutory holidays), 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Testing Site​
  • ​SCH
  • ​Microscopic evaluation of liquid-based cytologic preparation
​Specimen Retention
  • ​Until case is signed out by pathologist
  • Slides are retained for 20 years

Testing Ordering Requirements​ ​

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Laboratory Controlled Document LSM-149 v2

Last Modified: Monday, July 18, 2016 |
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