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Diagnosis Based on Microscopic Cell Examination

Cytopathology is the discipline that makes diagnoses based on the microscopic examination of cells.

51,000 Specimens Examined Annually

The 51,000 cytopathology specimens examined annually include:

  • 43,500 gynecologic
  • 5,400 non-gynecologic
  • 2,100 fine needle aspiration samples

On-site Specimen Adequacy Evaluations

In addition to processing and interpreting cytologic specimens, we provide on-site specimen adequacy evaluations at radiology suites and a service in which cytopathology staff and fellows perform fine needle aspiration procedures and render immediate diagnoses. This lab processes service is currently in use at the ENT clinic on a weekly basis and at other clinics upon request.

Gynecologic Specimens

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

Cytopathology Team

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

Contact Information

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