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Unilabs has a highly specialist team of consultant cytopathologists that provide an integrated screening and diagnostic cytopathology service to users across the UK.

Download here the Unilabs Cytology Laboratory - Cytology User Manual

Our comprehensive diagnostic and screening cytopathology service includes –

  • Rapid turnaround times (same day reporting available)
    Turnaround times are defined and agreed on an individual client basis
  • Access to patient records 24/7 through our online Connect link

Gynaecological Cytopathology

Unilabs reports smears using the Hologic ThinPrep liquid based cytology platform only.

A range of cervical cytology test options are available –

  • Thin prep cytology
  • Thin prep and HPV Testing
  • HPV primary testing with reflex cytology
  • HPV full subtyping (HPV20)
  • PCR sexual health screen (DL12)
  • PCR chlamydia and gonorrhoea
  • HPV mRNA

Non Gynaecological Cytopathology

Unilabs provides testing on the following sample types –

  • Urines
  • Serous Fluids
  • Synovial Fluids
  • Fluids (BAL, cyst fluids, needle washings)
  • FNA’s
  • Brushing specimens
  • CSF
  • Sputum specimens

Please refer to the Sample Handling and Collection section of the website for sample requirements.

Specialist Testing

Unilabs utilises a comprehensive range of supplementary diagnostic tests including immunocytochemistry and flow cytometry. These tests are currently undertaken in-house or at referral laboratories as specified.

Please refer to the Additional Testing and Expert Opinions section of the website for specifics.

Click here for Unilabs IHC test repertoire

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