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Cytology

Cytology Laboratory: (212) 434-2335

Cytopathology Service
Department of Pathology
12th floor Lachman Building

Chief: Elena Opher, MD

The Cytopathology Laboratory plays a prominent role in the diagnosis of infections and malignant lesions and is an important adjunct in the determination of treatment for primary and metastatic disease. The cytopathology laboratory operates Monday – Friday, 8:00am – 5:00pm.

Fine needle aspiration biopsies of superficial and deep-seated lesions, endoscopic brushings and washings and body cavity fluids are all evaluated on site by an experienced staff of cytotechnologists and board certified cytopathologists. Close communication with the patients' physicians, including primary care physicians, radiologists, surgeons and oncologists helps to assure timely and accurate results.

The Cytopathology Service works closely with the Radiology Department assisting at fine needle aspiration biopsy procedures for both superficial and deep-seated lesions. These minimally invasive procedures are less traumatic for the patient and less costly than exploratory surgery. Most are done on an outpatient basis. Using ultrasound, CT and fluoroscopic imaging and guidance, samples are collected and evaluated on site for specimen adequacy. Endoscopic procedures including bronchoscopy and gastrointestinal biopsies are also evaluated with on site assistance available for immediate determination of specimen adequacy.

Body sites most commonly aspirated include:

  • Lung
  • Thyroid Liver
  • Breast
  • Lymph Nodes
  • Salivary Gland
  • Abdomen
  • Soft Tissue

Immunocytochemistry and microbiology studies are often employed to further cytologic evaluation of the material collected.

Cytopathology consultation service is available at Lenox Hill Hospital for second opinions on diagnostically challenging cytologic material.
Upon proper patient authorization, requests for copies of records may be made by calling the pathology records office at (212) 434-2350.