Cytopathology Laboratory

Director: Jack Shelton, MD
Technical Specialist: Wendy Turner, CT(ASCP)

Cytology is the branch of biology dealing with the study of the formation, structure, function and pathology of cells.

The Allina Health Cytopathology Laboratory is a full service, cutting edge laboratory offering ThinPrep® Pap tests using the ThinPrep® Imager, as well as Non-Gynecologic specimen evaluation and cytology/cervical biopsy correlations. The lab is staffed with nineteen full time employees including twelve certified cytotechnologists.

Our pathology partner is Hospital Pathology Associates (HPA). HPA has a dedicated group of local pathologists who focus on cervical cytology and gynecologic specimens. Three of the pathologists have subspecialty board certification in cytopathology.

For more information about our services, contact us at 612-863-4668 or 1-800-281-4379



 How to Schedule an FNA Procedure

 FNA Sample Request with Completion Instructions

 Cytology slide labeling procedure

 Common Questions & Answers about Fine Needle Aspiration



  Thin Prep Collection Instructions

  Optimizing Thin Prep Pap Specimen Adequacy

  Unsatisfactory Thin Prep Pap Results and Lubricant Usage for Collection

  How to Submit a Thin Prep Pap for Correlation to Biopsy

  Pap QA Report Key

  Standard Cytology GYN Request form & Instructions



       Non-Gynecologic Cytology Request Form & Instructions