Fine Needle Aspiration Cytology

CPT CODE: 88172; 88173
DAYS PERFORMED: Mon-Fri, 0730-1700
TURNAROUND TIME: Immediate evaluation available; 24 hours for routine evaluation
SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS: If aspirates are obtained from different sites, a separate vial should be used for each sample and the site specifically indicated on each vial. If multiple attempts are made to aspirate one lesion, the fluid can be submitted in one vial.
CONTAINER TYPE: Cytolyt fixative vial preferred; alternatively, capped syringe with needle removed
COLLECTION: Unassisted aspiration specimens should be submitted in cytolyt® solution. Container must be labeled with patient's full name, patient identification number, room number, date, and clinician requesting the test.
REJECTION CRITERIA: Improper labeling, incomplete or improperly filled out requisition.
MINIMUM VOLUME: 5 mL per Cytolyt vial
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Verbal communication may occur at the time of aspiration.
TEST SYNONYM(S):Aspiration Biopsy Cytology