Geisinger Medical Laboratories/Geisinger Proven Diagnostics Test Catalog

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Geisinger Epic Procedure Code: Screen: EPIC6645. Diagnostic: EPIC6646         Geisinger Epic ID: Screen 19360. Diagnostic 19376

Specimen type:
Gynecologic specimen (cervical screening)
Preferred collection container:
Spatula, cervix brush, broom
Glass Slides
Specimen required:
Labeled glass slide with adequately smeared and alcohol-fixed cervical smear.
Special notes:
Label slide with two patient identifiers. Obtain cervical/endocervical specimen with broom by inserting the long tines into the cervical os and twisting clockwise 4 times. The broom is immediately smeared directly on glass slide and sprayed immediately with spray alcohol fixative. Alternatively, a combination of spatula and endocervical brush may be used to sample the cervical/endocervical area.

Transport temperature:
Room temperature.
Rejection criteria:
Inadequate patient identifiers on specimen, unlabeled specimen, discrepancy between patient specimen and requisition information, improper collection.

CPT code(s):
88164. 88141
Note: The billing party has sole responsibility for CPT coding.  Any questions regarding coding should be directed to the payer being billed.  The CPT codes provided by GML are based on AMA guidelines and are for informational purposes only.
Test includes:
Microscopic examination of Pap-stained slides.
Microscopic Examination
Conventional Pap smear, Pap screen, Pap diagnostic
Pap smear, conventional
Cytology, cervical screening, vaginal screening
Clinical significance:
Cervical screening for the detection of premalignant lesions of the cervix which can be eradicated, thus reducing the occurrence of invasive carcinoma of the cervix. The use of the thin-layer/liquid-based collection procedure is intended to replace the conventional Pap smear.
Doctoral Director(s:)
Sara Monaco MD    
Review Date: 11/10/2020

Performing Locations

Geisinger Medical Center

Performing laboratory: Cytology
Technical Lead: Michele Zelonis
Frequency: Monday-Friday
Performed STAT? No

Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center

Performing laboratory: Cytology
Technical Lead: Lisa DiPippa    
Frequency: Monday-Friday    
Performed STAT? No

Geisinger Lewistown Hospital

Performing laboratory: Cytology
Technical Lead: Rebecca Havice  
Frequency: Monday-Friday    
Performed STAT?
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