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Gynecologic Pap Test (Image-guided), Liquid-based Preparation and Human Papillomavirus (HPV) High-risk DNA Detection

Additional Codes

LabCorp test ID 199123

Patient Prep

Patient should avoid douches 48 to 72 hours prior to examination. Specimen should not be collected during or shortly after menstrual period.

Container Type

ThinPrep® or SurePath® vial

Specimen Type

Cervical, endocervical, vaginal

Collection Procedure

ThinPrep® Vial−Broom Only:

Broom-like collection technique: Obtain a sample from the cervix using a broom-like device by inserting the brush portion into the cervical os and then rotate the brush five times. Rinse the collection device in the PreservCyt® solution by pushing the brush into the bottom of the vial 10 times, forcing the bristles to bend apart to release the cervical material. As a final step, twirl the brush between the thumb and forefinger vigorously to release additional cellular material. Discard the collection device. Tighten the cap on the ThinPrep® vial so that the torque line on the cap passes the torque line on the vial.

SurePath™ Vial: When using the SurePath™ vial, the cervical broom must be used for specimen collection. Insert the broom into the cervical os and rotate five times. Place the broom head into the CytoRich™ preservative fluid in the SurePath™ collection vial. Tightly cap the vial.


Image-guided liquid-based Pap test; nucleic acid amplification (NAA)

Test Includes

Diagnose primary or metastatic neoplasm. The high-risk HPV test is used for types 16, 18, 31, 33, 35, 39, 45, 51, 52, 56, 58, 59, and 68 without differentiation of the individual type. This assay aids in the diagnosis of sexually-transmitted HPV infection and in the triage of patients with an ASCUS Pap test result.

Store, Transport and Stability

Maintain liquid-based cytology specimens at room temperature. Pap processing must be done within 21 days of collection. Specimens in ThinPrep® vials must be processed for testing within three months of collection for HPV. SurePath™ vial must be processed for testing within 21 days of collection for HPV.

Day(s) Test Set Up

Mon - Sat

Turn Around Time

2-3 days