Cytology is the study of the microscopic appearance of cells especially for the diagnosis of abnormalities and malignancies (cancers). Cytology is performed on several samples: Cervical scrapings (Pap Smears), Urine, Breast secretions, Sputum.
Cervical smears (Pap Smears) are taken by your physician or health care provider; the other specimens are received in the laboratory and smears are pushed. Pap Smears are done routinely on a weekly basis. There is no long waiting time for results. Smears are reviewed and reported on by one of Dominica’s highly trained pathologist.
Smears are taken to the laboratory by your physician, health care provider, or yourself. It is accompanied by a duplicate cytology request form detailing your pertinent medical history. A technologist will stain and prepare the slide for reading.
About the Test:
Q: Who reads the smear?
Smears are routinely read and reported on a weekly basis by a highly qualified Pathologist. La Falaise House Medical Laboratory ensures that there is no long wait for your result.
Q: Who gets the report ?
The report is recorded and the original sent to your physician or health care provider and the duplicate is filed.
Q: What if I need a copy of my results?
You can have a copy of your results for your file at a small fee.
- Ensure that your name is written on the glass slide and that the requisition form is properly filled out by your physician or
health care provider.
- Keep the slide in a safe place to avoid breakage. Bring it to the laboratory as soon as possible. The laboratory tries to
salvage broken slides but frequently the smear has to be taken again.