Ordering Recommendation

FDA-approved test for routine cervical cancer screening at 3-year intervals in all individuals ≥21 years of age with a cervix. Acceptable test for routine cervical cancer screening at 3-year intervals in all individuals 25-65 years of age with a cervix; the preferred test for this group is Human Papillomavirus (HPV) High Risk Screen by Transcription-Mediated Amplification (TMA), with Reflex to Genotypes 16 and 18/45, ThinPrep (3016945).

New York DOH Approval Status

This test is not New York state approved. ARUP cannot facilitate testing for New York state clients. Please work directly with a New York state-approved laboratory.

Specimen Required

Patient Preparation

Cervical specimen in a ThinPrep Pap Test collection kit, broom kit (ARUP Supply #12587) or brush/spatula kit (ARUP Supply #40624) available online through eSupply using ARUP Connect™ or contact ARUP Client Services at (800) 522-2787. For specific instructions refer to Specimen Collection and Handling.

Specimen Preparation

Transport cervical specimen in the original collection kit.

Storage/Transport Temperature

Room temperature.

Unacceptable Conditions

Specimens not collected in a ThinPrep Pap Test collection vial. Specimens submitted in an expired collection vial.


Ambient: 3 weeks; Refrigerated: 3 weeks; Frozen: Unacceptable






1-7 days

Reference Interval

Interpretive Data

Refer to report.

Compliance Category



The ThinPrep 2000 System is for use in screening for the presence of atypical cells, cervical cancer, or precursor lesions (LSIL, HSIL) as well as other cytologic categories as defined by the Bethesda System for Reporting Cervical Cytology, and is intended as a replacement for the conventional method of Pap smears.

The Pap test is a screening test for cervical cancer and its precursors with an inherent false-negative rate.

Store collection vials without cytologic samples at room temperature (15°C to 30°C). Do not use solution beyond expiration date marked on the vial.

Hotline History


CPT Codes

88142; if reviewed by pathologist add 88141


Component Test Code* Component Chart Name LOINC
2000542 ThinPrep Pap Specimen Source
2000543 Clinical History
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  • Cytology
  • Pap
  • Pap Smear
  • Pap Test
  • ThinPrep
  • ThinPrep Pap
Cytology, ThinPrep Pap Test