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A cytopathologist is an anatomic pathologist trained in the diagnosis of human disease by means of the study of cells obtained from body secretions and fluids, by scraping, washing or sponging the surface of a lesion, or by the aspiration of a tumor mass or body organ with a fine needle.

UF Health Cytopathology in Jacksonville offers expert cytologic interpretation and consultation of gynecological, non-gynecological and fine-needle aspiration specimens with the ultimate goal of attaining the most accurate and complete diagnosis possible. The division uses the most advanced technologies available, including light microscopy, immunocytochemistry, special stains and liquid-base monolayer Pap and non-gynecologic preparations.

Cytopathology services

  • Gynecologic cytology (Pap test)
    • Liquid based
      • SurePath© (preferred)
      • ThinPrep©
    • Conventional
  • Non-gynecologic cytology
    • Urine
    • Sputum
    • Bronchial lavage/brushing/washing
    • Body cavity fluids: pleural, pericardial, peritoneal, cerebrospinal fluid
  • Fine-needle aspiration biopsy (palpable and image-guided cytology lesions)
  • Endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS) guided specimen cytology
  • Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) guided specimen cytology

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