A maximum of 2 slides per source can be submitted in the digital cytology scanner. Taking the time to choose the best slides will decrease the likelihood of a re-scan.
Assess for cellularity
Choose slides with the most cellular material that is adequately spread.
Highly cellular slides where material is adequately spread
Slides of lower cellularity, but material is still nicely spread
Areas of cellularity were not properly spread on these slides, resulting in highly condensed, think areas that cause difficulty in assessing cellular morphology.
When slides contain large amounts of blood, look for aggregate areas of dark blue or purple to help ensure adequate cellularity
Assess for stain quality
Ensure slides are not under-stained and are not exposed to formalin fumes.
Formalin fumes result in fixation of the cells and atypical staining quality