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Beaumont Laboratory

Sputum - Farmington Hills, Grosse Pointe & Troy

Sputum for Cytology, Deep cough sputum, Cytology, Non-Gyn Respiratory Specimen, CYTOLOGY, MEDICAL (NON-GYN/FNA), EPIC: LAB6797, SOFT: CYT


For questions regarding specimen collection and transport, please contact the Cytology Laboratory.

  • Farmington Hills: 248-471-8247
  • Grosse Pointe: 313-473-1850 or extension 1850.
  • Troy: 248-964-9050 or extension 49050.
  • Outreach: 800-551-0488. 

Specimen Collection Criteria

Collect: Sputum in a sterile collection container. (Min: 2.0 mL)
  • Fresh, unfixed sputum is preferred.
  • Collect sputum specimen in the morning before the patient eats. Patient must rinse mouth out with plain water and discard the rinse water.
  • Patient should cough deeply and deposit only those secretions raised from the chest into the sputum collection container. Secure the lid tightly.
  • Label the specimen container with the patient name, hospital number, source of specimen, and date of test.
  • In house cytology specimens should be ordered in EPIC order entry. In the “additional orders” field input “CYTOLOGY, MEDICAL (NON-GYN/FNA)” and fill in all appropriate fields. IMPORTANT: ORDER AND SIGN EACH CYTOLOGY TEST INDIVIDUALLY. THE LABORATORY INFORMATION SYSTEM CANNOT FILE MULTIPLE TESTS ORDERED IN THE SAME SESSION AND SOME ORDERS MAY BE LOST. Label specimen container and requisition with SOFT ID labels.
  • All Cytology specimens must be accompanied by a requisition and must include the patient name, hospital and visit number, date of birth, date of specimen collection, pertinent patient history, physician name and source of specimen.   

Physician Office/Drawsite Specimen Preparation

Maintain specimens refrigerated (2-8°C or 36-46°F) prior to transport.

Preparation for Courier Transport

Transport: Sputum in a sterile collection container, refrigerated (2-8°C or 36-46°F).

Rejection Criteria

  • Improper labeling of specimen container or requisition.
  • Any specimen received without all of the required information will result in a delay of processing until all information can be verified.
  • Specimen not accompanied by requisition.
  • Requisitions not accompanied by a specimen.
  • Improper collection of specimen.
  • Specimens that leak outside of specimen container into transport bags.


Specimen Stability for Testing:

Room Temperature (20-26°C or 68-78.8°F): Specimen must be refrigerated immediately upon procurement.
Refrigerated (2-8°C or 36-46°F): 7 days
Frozen (-20°C/-4°F or below): Unacceptable

Specimen Storage in Department Prior to Disposal:

Refrigerated (2-8°C or 36-46°F): 7 days


Farmington Hills Cytology Laboratory.
Grosse Pointe Cytology Laboratory
Troy Cytology Laboratory


Monday - Friday, 7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Results available within 24-36 hours of receipt in the Cytology Laboratory, if received Monday - Friday. The Cytology Laboratory is closed on weekends and holidays. Specimens received after 3:00 p.m. on Friday will be processed the following Monday and resulted on Tuesday.

Test Methodology

Farmington Hills: Smear Preparation and Cell Block Preparation, if possible.
Grosse Pointe: 
ThinPrep® Monolayer Preparation, Smear Preparation, and Cell Block Preparation, if possible.
Troy: ThinPrep® Monolayer Preparation or Smears. 

CPT Code

CPT: 88112, 88104, 88305.
LOINC: 33716-2.

Test Codes


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This directory currently reflects information only for specimens collected and/or processed at the Farmington Hills, Grosse Pointe, Royal Oak, and Troy campuses.