General Information

UPHSM LIS Test #: 8580
Schedule: Monday-Friday
Testing Time: 1 day
Testing Lab: UP Health System-Marquette

Specimen Info
Only 1 specimen type required, unless otherwise specified

Tube Type: Sputa
Collection Info:
1. Instruct the patient to brush his / her teeth and/or rinse mouth well with water.
2. Instruct the patient to expectorate a deep cough specimen in a plastic container labeled with the patient's name, hospital number and  
     date of collection.
3. Collect first morning, "deep cough" sputum specimen, NOT SALIVA  OR NASAL ASPIRATE.
4. Immediately add 30ml of CytoLyt Solution to the specimen, and gently shake to suspend the specimen in the preservative.  5. Deliver the
     specimen to the MGH Cytology Department as soon as possible.   CytoLyt Solution is a methanol based transport media that will preserve
     cells for eight days at room temperature.
6. Marquette General Hospital inpatient specimens without preservative should be delivered immediately to the Cytology Department.
Pertinent clinical information regarding previous malignancy, drugs, radiation therapy, or history of alcohol abuse or smoking is required for processing.
**For alternative collection methods or preservatives, please contact the MGH Cytology Department.


Automated - Thin Prep Processor

CPT Codes


* The CPT codes provided are based on AMA guidelines and are for informational purposes only. CPT coding
is the sole responsibility of the billing party. Please direct any questions regarding coding to the payer being billed.

Reference Range

An interpretive report will be sent.