Cytopathology and Fine Needle Aspiration

Contact Information

UCLA Pathology Outreach Client Services
10833 Le Conte Ave, A3-259 CHS
Los Angeles, CA 90095
Phone: 310-267-2680
Fax: 310-267-2685
Email: [email protected]
  • New client account activation
  • Requisitions and supplies
  • Specimen requirements and transport
  • Report status and results
  • Arrange consult with pathologist assigned to case
  • Billing inquiries and assistance

Specimen delivery address:
UCLA Pathology Outreach
Specimen Receiving
10833 Le Conte Ave, A3-240 CHS
Los Angeles, CA 90095
Hours: Monday through Friday, 6:00 am - 8:00 pm

The Division of Cytology at UCLA Pathology Outreach offers a comprehensive cytodiagnostic, screening and consultative service, including examination of gynecologic, non-gynecologic, and fine needle aspiration specimens. The division has an outstanding quality assurance program for evaluating surgical pathology specimens along with corresponding cytology specimens to enhance patient care. The Fine Needle Aspiration (FNA) service includes both samples collected from superficial nodules and from deep nodules. Immediate adequacy assessment is performed as requested.

  • Comprehensive cytodiagnostic, screening and consultative services for gynecologic, non-gynecologic, and fine needle aspiration specimens
  • Ultrasound-guided FNA clinic to enhance diagnostic accuracy
  • Adjunct test options using the most advanced diagnostic methods available

Aspiration cytology and fine needle aspiration clinic

  • Board-certified experts for evaluation of thyroid, head & neck, salivary gland, lymph nodes, breast, GI, pancreas, and soft tissue samples.
  • Our fine needle aspiration clinic offers ultrasound-guided sample collection for even greater diagnostic accuracy. Further benefits include same-day feedback, immediate determination of sample adequacy, and the possibility of performing molecular analysis.
  • FNA Clinic

Non-gynecologic cytology

  • Urine and bladder washings
  • Bronchial alveolar lavage and wash
  • Pleural fluid and ascites
  • Pelvic wash
  • Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF)
  • Joint fluid
  • Anorectal Pap smears

Gynecologic cytology (pap smear)

  • ThinPrep®
  • SurePath®

Adjunct testing is available as a reflex or a primary test request

Molecular Cytology

Bladder cancer

  • Urovysion®

Thyroid cancer

  • Afirma® (Veracyte)
  • ThyroSeq (CBLPath, Inc.)

FISH and cytogenetic analysis

IHC analysis

  • On cell block
  • On smears

Molecular analysis

  • K-ras
  • B-Raf
  • EGFR
  • Targeted next generation sequencing panel for actionable oncogenic variants

Flow cytometry analysis


Adequacy assessment

Second opinion consultation


Infectious disease

  • HPV by amplified probe
  • GC by amplified probe
  • Chlamydia by amplified probe