Preservatives copy

General Cytology Preservative

  • May be used with all cytology specimens
  • Tolerates a small amount of blood without creating obscuring artifact
  • Compatible with most DNA-based HPV and infectious disease testing
  • Non-flammable and less toxic preservative
  • Size: pre-filled 10ml vials for specimen collection or in 1 liter quantities

Blue Preservative

  • Higher concentration of alcohol. Mix 1 part preservative with 1 part of urine or other fluid.
  • Not preferred for bloody samples.
  • Size: 1 liter

Red (Lytic) Preservative

  • Best with bloody samples (fine needle aspirations or grossly bloody samples)
  • Mix 1 part preservative to one part of fluid or apply fine needle samples directly
  • Size: 1 liter