Brushings (Endoscope, Colonoscope, Bronchial)

Useful For

Detection of malignant, pre malignant and benign processes.

Method Name



Brushings, Endoscopic; Brushings, Bronchoscopic, Cytology - Non GYN

Specimen Type


Specimen Required

For Brushings:

  1. Conical specimen containers filled with CytoLyt preservative can be obtained from the Cytology section of the Laboratory.
  2. Transfer the entire brush to a 50 mL conical centrifuge tube with screw cap containing 30 mL of Cytolyt fixative.
    1. NOTE! It is preferred that the brush is cut at a point just below the height of the conical tube to ensure safe handling of sharp brush end by lab staff.
  3. Write Specimen site, patient’s name and date of birth, and the collection date on the container label.
    1. Ensure specific anatomic site wording including laterality if applicable. (i.e. right upper lobe)
  4. Ensure all vial caps are tightly secured before transport to the lab. This will prevent leakage of preservative/specimen.

Specimen Minimum Volume

  • Always obtain as much specimen as possible on the brush, before placing it into the preservative, to ensure an optimum specimen with which to make a diagnosis.

Specimen Stability Information

Transport at room temperature.


Rejected Due To

  • Missing or discrepant information
  • Improper fixation
  • Insufficient quantity or leaked specimen

Performing Laboratory

Glens Falls Hospital laboratory, Cytology department.

Day(s) and Time(s) Performed

Cytology testing is performed Monday through Friday between 8 am and 4 pm.

Analytical Time

  • Expected turnaround time is 3 to 4 weekdays.

Specimen Retention Time

  • Specimens are retained for two weeks after the results are released.

CPT Code Information

  • 88305 (If applicable)
  • 88112

Analytical Time

  • Expected turnaround time is 3 to 4 weekdays.