Body fluid should be in EDTA. Joint fluid requires red top tube with no additives in addition to EDTA fluid. Air-dried direct slides must be prepared at time of collection.
Plastic or glass tube, slide container
Ship with cold packs. Do not refrigerate slides; protect slides from formalin and moisture.
The origin of the aspirate (i.e. shoulder mass, abdominal fluid) and a brief clinical description or history should be provided with cytology submissions. When absolutely no location and clinical description are provided and the clinic has to be called for clarification, a $3 fee will be charged.