Specimen Information for Patients

Gynecological Specimens

The Pap test is used to screen for cervical cancer. Regular Pap tests prevent approximately 95 per cent of cervical cancers (Cancer Care Nova Scotia, 2009). Women should start having a regular Pap test when sexually active or by age 21. Due to the high volume of specimens received, the Cytopathology Laboratory opens every specimen upon receipt and prioritizes according to the clinical history. Cases that are determined to be high risk are screened first and routine Pap tests are screened in the order they are received. Please contact your physician for your results.

Non-Gynecological Specimens

Non-gynecological specimens processed at the Cytopathology Laboratory include: urine, bronchials, washings, fluids and fine needle aspirations. These specimens are taken in a physician’s office or in the hospital. Please see your physician for more information.

Semen Analysis - What is Semen Analysis Testing?

 Semen analysis testing is completed to determine the number and quality of sperm in a semen sample.

Specimens can be delivered the laboratory Monday to Friday - 8:00am to 12:00pm only.

Specimens will not be accepted after 12:00 noon.

Specimens must be delivered within an hour of collection.