Brushings, Miscellaneous


  • Colorectal Brush
  • Common Bile Duct Brush
  • Cytology, Brushings, Miscellaneous
  • Esophageal Brush

EPIC Order Number

4000080 (Cytology Request)



  • Label 1-2 charged (+) slides with patient name and date of birth in pencil. Roll brush over slides (do not rub aggressively). Fix immediately with Cytology spray fixative.
  • When slides are complete, cut the brush tip and place in sterile container with 50% ethyl alcohol.
  • Label specimen container with two patient identifiers (patient name, DOB, and/or MRN), collection date/time, and specimen site/source.
  • Specimen must be accompanied by a printed EPIC Order (or completed Cytology Request for non-EPIC clinics) including two patient identifiers (patient name, DOB, and/or MRN), collection date/time, pertinent patient history, performing physician, and specimen site/source.

Note: If fungus is suspected, indicate request for PAS/GMS on the Cytology Request.

Storage/Transport Temperature

Room temperature after slide is sprayed and brush is in 50% ethyl alcohol.


Monday – Friday, 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Reported/Turnaround Time

Results are sent 2 days after specimen is received.

NOTE: Results may be delayed or the sample rejected if pertinent and/or required information is conflicting or missing.

See Non-Gynecologic Cytology Report

88104 - Smears