A Survey of Practice Patterns of Participants in the College of American Pathologists Interlaboratory Comparison Program in Nongynecologic Cytology (NGC)
Ann T Moriarty, Ritu Nayar, Manon Auger, Daniel FI Kurtycz, Nicole Thomas, Rodolfo Laucirica, Vijayalakshmi Padmanabhan, Rhona Souers, Mary R Schwartz, Mostafa Fraig. AmeriPath Indiana, Indianapolis, IN; Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL; McGill University Health Center, Montreal, Canada; University of Wisconsin, Wisconsin State Lab of Hygeine, Madison, WI; College of American Pathologists, Northfield, IL; Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX; Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH; Methodist Hospital, Houston, TX; University of Louisville, Louisville, KY
Background: Nongynecological cytology(NGC) practices are expected to expand relative to gynecologic cytology.
Design: The Supplemental Questionnaire: Current Nongynecologic(Non- FNA) Practices in Cytopathology Laboratories(NGSQC) mailed to 2059 laboratories in 2010.
Results: 51% of laboratories responded(1048/2059) where NGC samples were reviewed in non-profit non-training settings by pathologists without specialty training. Cytotechnologists reviewed NGC in 67.4%(675/1002) of laboratories. Annual mean and median volumes of NGC were 1,927 and 858. Laboratories use more than one method to process NGC; cell-blocks are most frequent(930/1029; 90.4%) and are created with centrifugation to pellet (56%;538/961). Direct smears are second most frequent. Discrete staining is preferred to batch staining.
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