Specimen collection is a key factor in obtaining adequate and representative samples for analysis. Therefore, when collecting specimens for ThinPrep Pap testing, it is important to use appropriate devices and techniques and to avoid the use of lubricants. In circumstances when lubricants must be used, please use sparingly and use only the lubricant approved by Hologic. For more information please visit our page with instructions on the proper use of lubricants.
Please note that National Reference Laboratory provides clients with training and materials to ensure proper sample collection. For any further information please contact your National Reference Laboratory Representative.
Please follow the below instructions.
...an adequate sampling from the cervix using a broom-like device. If desired, use lukewarm water to warm and lubricate the speculum. Water-soluble gel lubricant sparingly applied to the posterior blade of the speculum can be used if necessary.1 Insert the central bristles of the broom into the endocervical canal deep enough to allow the shorter bristles to fully contact the ectocervix. Push gently, and rotate the broom in a clockwise direction five times.
...the broom as quickly as possible into the PreservCyt solution vial by pushing the broom into the bottom of the vial 10 times, forcing the bristles apart. As a final step, swirl the broom vigorously to further release material. Discard the collection device.
...the cap so that the torque line on the cap passes the torque line on the vial.
...the patient's name and ID number on the vial, and the patient information and medical history on the cytology requisition form.
...the vial and requisition in a specimen bag for transport to the laboratory.