The three common methods of Pap smear sample collection, preparation and submission as described below are:

  • ThinPrep® Pap Test, Image-Guided or Non-Image-Guided
  • Conventional Pap Smear
  • SurePath™ Pap Test


Cytological examination may be performed on other body cavity fluids including pleural, peritoneal, pericardial, bronchial, gastric, esophageal brushings and washings and others. Please call the Cytology Department for procedure guidelines and supplies.

As an alternative, body fluids may be added to Cytolyt® Preservative.

For further information, consultation, or courier pick-up, please call our Cytology Department at (419) 255-4600 or (800) 281-8804.