PatientsVisitorsLocations & ServicesAbout the RegionJoin Our TeamPhysicians
Find:  Locations | Services
Pathology and Laboratory Medicine HomeTest and Services CatalogueTransfusion Medicine Product CataloguePolicy and ProcedureJob AidsSpecimen Collection and TransportRequisitionsAntibiogramsCytogenetics and Related Medical Genetics EssentialsMicrobiology EssentialsTransfusion EssentialsReference RangesLaboratory SuppliesAcute Care SCM GuidelinesContact InformationPhysician Access to Patient Results
Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Test Catalogue

​Urine

Cytology


​ ​Specimen Requirements

​Container
​Collection Procedure
  • ​Label container with patient’s first and last name, personal health number (PHN), date and time of collection. Write “URINE” on container.
  • Collect midstream urine. Do not collect first morning specimen
  • Securely tighten container and place in biohazard bag. Indicate on requisition how urine was obtained (i.e. voided, cystoscopy, catheter, bladder washing). Place completed requisition, with label facing out, in outside pouch.
  • Deliver to Cytology laboratory and place in refrigerator
​Required Volume
  • Maximum Volume: 80.0 mL
  • Minimum Volume: 30.0 mL
    (Submitting the minimum volume makes it impossible to repeat the test or perform confirmatory/reflex testing. In some situations, a minimum volume may require a second collection)
​Stability/Storage
  • ​Refrigerate
  • If a delay in delivery is anticipated (greater than one day), add Cytolyt (minimum one part Cytolyt to three parts specimen) or 50 per cent alcohol (one part alcohol to one part specimen)
    • Note addition of Cytolyt or alcohol on requisition
  • DO NOT USE FORMALIN
Grounds for Rejection​

Testing Information​ ​

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

Testing Ordering Requirements​ ​

Forms Required


​If you choose to print this information, it is valid only on date of print.

Laboratory Controlled Document LSM-154 v2

Last Modified: Monday, July 18, 2016 |
Questions or feedback about this page?