Cytopathology is a diagnostic technique that examines cells from various body sites to determine the cause or the nature of disease.
Our staff of Cytopathologists and Cytotechnologists are well versed in their craft. With a combined 55 years of experience you can be confident that your results will be delivered by diagnosticians who are unparalleled in their field.
The most common cytologic stain performed is the Pap Smear. At Central Oregon Pathology we stain over 20,000 Pap Smears per year. We use Thin Prep technology, in which a mono-layer slide is prepared then imaged and diagnosed by a Cytotechnologist or a Cytopathologist. The Pap Smear, in conjunction with HPV testing, is the most effective tool for early cervical cancer detection, as well as to determine prognostic implications of advanced disease. We perform the Aptima HPV High risk assay as well as 16/18/45 genotyping in house.