Test Details



Ordering Code


CPT-4 Code(s)

87491, 87591, 87661

Specimen Information


Surepath™ preservative fluid

Specimen Preparation

SurePath™ fluid must be transferred to Aptima® tube within 4 days of collection. Send 0.5 mL of SurePath™ preservative fluid collected in Aptima® Vaginal collection kit (orange label) or Aptima® Unisex collection kit (white label with purple writing) or Aptima® transfer tube (green label). The source (ThinPrep® or SurePath™) MUST be written on the label.

Alternate Specimen

1.0 mL PreservCyt® Preservative (ThinPrep®) placed in Aptima® Specimen Transfer tube (green label). The source MUST be written on the label. SurePath™ fluid vial. PerservCyt® preservative (ThinPrep®) fluid vial.

Minimum Volume

0.5 mL SurePath™ preservative fluid in Aptima® transfer tube
1.0 mL (PreservCyt®) preservative (ThinPrep®) in Aptima® transfer tube

Transport Temperature


Rejection Criteria

ThinPrep® or SurePath™ material previously processed for cytology, ThinPrep® with excess mucus; SurePath™ vials without the head of the collection device(s) in the fluid; Cervical swabs in Digene® HC cervical sampler; acellular pap adequacy


SurePath™, Aptima® transport:
Room temperature: 14 days
Refrigerated: 14 days
Frozen: Unacceptable

PreservCyt® ThinPrep®, Aptima® transport:
Room temperature: 14 days
Refrigerated: 14 days
Frozen: 30 days

SurePath™, Fluid:
Room temperature: 4 days
Refrigerated: 4 days
Frozen: Unacceptable

PreservCyt® (ThinPrep®), Fluid:
Room temperature: 30 days
Refrigerated: 30 days
Frozen: 1 year


Transcription - Mediated Amplification

Reference Range

Not detected

Performing Laboratory

Quest SJC