AMA CPT® Assistant - 1999 Issue 5 (May)

Cytopathology - Pap Smears (May 1999)

May 1999 pages 6-7 Coding Communication Cytopathology - Pap Smears Table: Pap Smear Codes at a Glance In recent years there have been dramatic new advances in the field of gynecologic cytopathology, (Pap smears). With computer assisted technology, this field is rapidly changing. Where each Pap smear slide was formerly screened (carefully reviewed for abnormal cells) by a human cytotechnologist, screening can now be done by using computer imaging. In addition, instead of relying on the busy gynecologist to carefully prepare a thin smear of cervical cells, instruments are now available that take the same cells in a preservative...

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