|Test||PAP SMEAR, THIN-PREP® COLLECTION METHOD, DIAGNOSTIC|
|Description||Useful for the evaluation of inflammatory, infectious, or benign proliferative conditions; screening of unsuspected or confirmation of suspected atypia; prelignant or malignant changes; follow-up of patients with known and/or treated premalignancy or malignancy.
NOTE: The Pap smear is a screening test designed to aid in the detection of premalignant and malignant conditions of the uterine cervix. It is not a diagnsotic procedure and should not be used as the sole means of detecting cervical cancer. Both false-positive and false-negative results do occur.
NOTE: This test, when ordered on Medicare patients, is subject to the CMS Medicare Coverage Issues Manual (MCIM) policy "PAP Smear (Diagnostic)". Please verify that the diagnosis code (ICD-9) you have chosen demonstrates medical necessity for the test as documented in the physician's patient record. The CMS web site or the NorDx Limited Coverage Documentation Guide are available to assist you with this verification. A properly executed Advance Beneficiary Notice (ABN) must be submitted with the specimen if medical necessity is not demonstrated by the ICD-9 code chosen.
|Specimen||Rinse by swishing the appropriate collection device(s)
[brush/broom/spatula] at least 10 times into PreservCyt® solution vial supplied by NorDx.
For additional collection information, see "Gynecologic (PAP) Smears (ThinPrep®)".
|Reference Values||Interpretive Bethesda report.|
|Day(s) Test Set Up||Monday through Friday|