Lumps and lesions in any area of the body that can be felt can be sampled in this manner. Hospitalization and surgery can often be avoided when a satisfactory sampling by needle aspiration has been done.
The Pap Test, obtained during your pelvic examination by your health care professional, is simply a scraping of the cervix (the opening of the uterus). The cells that are collected are sent to our laboratory and examined for changes that may indicate precancerous abnormalities and cervical cancer, as well as benign conditions, such as infections.
When your physician takes a tissue biopsy, the tissue will be sent to our laboratory for examination by a pathologist. After a review of the removed tissue, the pathologist will inspect the tissue under a microscope. A report of the findings and diagnosis is sent to your physician. This process is usually completed within 24 to 48 hours, but may take longer if additional testing is required.