Urine for Cytology

Test Name:  

Urine for Cytology

Alternate Name (s):  


Laboratory Module:  


Ordering Mnemonic:  

Meditech Order Entry

Category: Cyto

Mnuemonic: UR


All additional mandatory fields must be satisfied in order to complete the requisition

Specimen Type:   

Urine-Ensure to indicate if voided, catheter or cysto urine

Collection Container:  

Collect in a container with Cytolyt cytology fixative.


Collection Information:  

Collection Instructions for the patient

Discard the first urine specimen of the morning. Do not submit this specimen to the laboratory.

Female patients: Do not collect your urine for testing if menstruating, wait until the period has finished.

Patients are encouraged to drink 2-3 glasses of water when getting up in the morning and void normally. The bladder should be flushed out well.

After the bladder has been flushed, void into a clean container provided by the laboratory and print the patients name on the container label. The patient may wish to collect the specimen at the laboratory to prevent deterioration.

The specimen is to be transferrred to a cytology bottle containing cytolyte preservative( fOR CYTOLOGY testing) If additional testing is required, send the fresh specimen to the lab asap(Equal amounts optimal)

Place the specimen in a plastic bag and return it within two hours of collection to the laboratory department with the completed doctors requisition. If there is a delay in delivery, the specimen may be refrigerated to prevent deterioration.


I.1.All specimens must be accompanied by a completed manual or Meditech generated cyto-pathology non-gynecological requisition. All mandatory fields must be satisfied in order to complete the request. In the case of computer downtime use the standard cytopathology non-gynecological requisition.

The following information is required on the requisition
(a) Patient identifiers (addressographs may be used)

      (i) patient's first and last name
      (ii) hospital unique number
      (iii) date of birth
      (iv) Ontario Health Insurance Number with version code.
(b) Submitting area identifiers: Hospital site  and the submitting department (Emergency, Ambulatory Care etc.).
(c) Submitting physician's name.
(d) Date of specimen collection
(e) Pre- and post-operative presumptive diagnosis.
(f) A brief clinical history, relevant pathological and radiological findings.
(g) Specimen information
     (i) specimen type/source
     (ii) specimen site
I.2. The specimen container must be labeled. Addressograph labels are preferred, otherwise the following information must be provided, clearly written in ink:
(a) Patient identifiers -
     (i) patient's full name
     (ii) hospital unique number
     (iii) and at least one other unique additional identifier (ie. date of birth, OHIN).
(b) Date of specimen collection. 
(c) Specimen type and site, as it is written on the Cytology Requisition form.
This information must be recorded on the side of the specimen container and not the lid.
If a specimen is known or suspected to contain unique or extreme biohazard (e.g. CJD) the container shall be so marked.


I.3. Place the  specimen container in a biohazard bag . The requisition should be placed in the outer pouch of the biohazard bag.Send all additional meditech generated labels in the biohazard bag

I.4. Transport specimen to the Triage area of the laboratory as soon as possible

I.5. Inform the triage staff that you have delivered a specimen.

Test Schedule:  

Monday to Friday 

Turnaround Time:  


1 week

Stat / Urgent

2 days

Reference Interval:  


Critical Values:  


Lab Process Notes :  

Specimens should arrive from the unit already collected within the cytology fixative. If received fresh, laboratory triage staff is to add equal volumes of the cytology fixative immediately. 



Storage & Transport:  

Specimens should be stored in the refrigerator.


Test Referred to :   

Technical component referred offsite.

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