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Specimen Requirements:

Fresh specimens should be sent immediately to the Cytopathology Laboratory. If there will be a delay of more than 2 hours, the urine should have PreservCyt added to the sample (which is obtained from the Cytopathology Laboratory, CSW, Room 4.610).

Please indicate manner in which urine was collected, ie voided/clean catch, catheterized, barbitage and area from which urine was retrieved, ie ureter, renal pelvis, bladder


Voided, catheterized, bladder washings


Well-constructed container with secure lid and sealed plastic bag

Minimum Volume:

1 ml


If there will be a delay of more than 2 hours, the urine should have PreservCyt®  added to the sample (which is obtained from the Cytopathology laboratory, CSW, 4.610).


Causes for Rejection:

Delayed delivery of fresh specimens, incomplete and/or improper labeling, insufficient pertinent clinical history, no collection date/time/collector.

Reference Range:
Turnaround Time:

Routine: 1-3 working days; STAT: same day


Specimens are accepted Monday-Friday from 8 AM-5 PM (except holidays) at Room 4.610, Clinical Services Wing (CSW).  After hours specimens should be dropped off at sample managment on the 7th floor CSW




Bladder - Cytology, urine

Clinical Indication:

Detection of abnormal cells and malignant cells


If proper specimen identification and information such as collection date/time and collector are not present in order, specimen will be rejected for testing.


When ordering tests for which Medicare or Medicaid reimbursement will be sought, physicians should only order tests that are medically necessary for the diagnosis or treatment of the patient. Components of the organ or disease panels may be ordered individually. The diagnostic information must substantiate all tests ordered and must be in the form of an ICD-10 code or its verbal equivalent.
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