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Diagnosis Based on Microscopic Cell Examination

Cytopathology is the practice of pathology that makes diagnoses based on the microscopic examination of individual cells, mostly obtained through non-invasive and minimally invasive procedures.

The 35,000+ cytopathology specimens we examine annually include:

  • 25,000 gynecologic specimens
  • More than 10,000 non-gynecologic specimens, including fine needle aspiration (FNA) specimens

FNA Performance

We provide a fine needle aspiration service on request, where the cytopathology faculty and cytopathology fellows perform FNA procedures and can render immediate diagnoses on superficial palpable nodules.

On-site Specimen Adequacy Evaluations

In addition to processing and interpreting cytologic specimens, we provide on-site specimen adequacy evaluations for radiologic procedures, increasing diagnostic yield and ensuring proper specimen triaging.

Gynecologic Specimens

For gynecologic specimens, our laboratory interprets both conventional smears and liquid-based preparations (ThinPrep). The screening of the liquid-based preparations is computer assisted using the Hologic ThinPrep Imaging System.

Cytopathology Team

Gamze Ayata, MD
Jonathan L. Hecht, MD, PhD
Imad Nasser, MD
Michiya Nishino, MD, PhD
Liza M. Quintana, MD
Paul VanderLaan, MD, PhD, Director
Helen H. Wang, MD

Contact Information

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
330 Brookline Avenue
Boston, MA 02215