FAQ


Browse our list of commonly asked questions:

Can I come and get what's left of my specimen when you're through with it?

Why can't I get my results from you when I call? After all, I'm paying the bill.

What's the difference between a hysterectomy and a partial hysterectomy?

What should I do to prepare for my pap smear?

Why did I receive a bill when I have insurance?




  • Can I come and get what's left of my specimen when you're through with it?
    • Generally not because the specimens are fixed in 10% formalin which is a known hazardous chemical. 
  • Why can't I get my results from you when I call? After all, I'm paying the bill.
    • Legally, we can give results only to the clinician who ordered the test, or who is currently caring for the patient. Pathology reports are only one portion of the multitude of information your clinician needs to render proper treatment.
  • What's the difference between a hysterectomy and a partial hysterectomy?
    • A total hysterectomy means that the uterus and cervix have been removed. In the case of a partial hysterectomy, the cervical stump remains.
  • What should I do to prepare for my pap smear?
    • Schedule your appointment during the mid-cycle of your menstrual periods.
    • Refrain from sexual intercourse and douching for 24 hours before your appointment.
    • Know the first day of your last menstrual period.
    • Inform your clinician if you are taking any hormones or have had any abnormal pap smears in the past.
    • Inform your clinician if you have experienced any abnormal bleeding.
  • Why did I receive a bill when I have insurance?
    • It is possible that your insurance information was not properly conveyed to us. Contact the billing department as soon as possible so we can remedy the situation for you.