Lab Test

Cervical Conization in Paraffin Containers – Farmington Hills Only

Please contact the Farmington Hills Anatomic Pathology Laboratory if assistance with ordering is needed.


The following supplies are needed for this testing procedure.

  • Wide mouth plastic jars with tight sealing lids filled with several inches of molten paraffin.
  • Straight pins with colored heads.
  • 10% Neutral Buffered Formalin (10% NBF).

Please contact the Laboratory to obtain supplies, if needed.

Specimen Collection Criteria

Collect: Tissue specimen in an appropriate container, covered with 10% NBF, as described below:

  1. Place the specimen upon the paraffin surface and secure into the wax with the straight pins.
  2. By using several pin colors, the specimen can be oriented. For example: 2 red pins can secure the endocervical border and 2 blue pins can secure the ectocervical border of the conization specimen.
  3. Fill the specimen container with 10% NBF, 10 to 20 times the volume of the specimen.
  4. Affix a label on the outer surface of the specimen container rather than the lid.
  5. The label must have the patient name, medical record number or social security number, date, and specimen site.
  6. Complete the Pathology Requisition Form. Indicate specimen orientation by describing colored pin locations.
  7. Transport the specimen to the Laboratory or place in the soliled utility room for routine pick up.

Rejection Criteria

The physician will be contacted by the pathology staff with any issue regarding surgical specimen or improper or incomplete Pathology Requisition Form.

In-Lab Processing

Gross dictation, tissue processing and microtomy are performed routinely. If necessary, special procedures are ordered by the Pathologist, including but not limited to: special stains, immunohistochemistry, etc.  


Specimen Stability for Testing:
Submitted in 10% NBF: Indefinite

Specimen Storage in Department Prior to Disposal:
Room Temperature (20-26°C or 68-78°F) 4 weeks from receiving date.


Farmington Hills Anatomic Pathology Laboratory.


Monday – Friday, 7:00 am–3:30 pm.
Results available within 24–48 hours unless special study is required.

Test Methodology

Routine processing. Hematoxylin and Eosin stained slides; special staining procedures as needed.


Diagnosis performed by a board certified pathologist.

CPT Codes

Varies dependent on testing performed. Please contact the Laboratory with questions.


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