Integration of Molecular Ancillary Techniques into Routine Cytology Practice: Issues in Current State of the Art and Critical Future Trends
Stewart M. Knoepp, MD, PhD
Presentation Date: June 25, 2013; Expires June 25, 2016
First, a brief overview of important molecular tests for cytologic specimens will be discussed. Information provided will be based on ordering, practice patterns, and experience at a large academic medical center, a multi-state private co-tenancy laboratory, and extensive literature review. Next, an optimized approach for triaging cytologic tissue for accurate cytologic diagnosis as well as the performance of clinically relevant ancillary studies will be presented. Selected clinical scenarios and molecular tests will be discussed. Lastly, the future need for optimization of molecular testing on cytology specimens in a coordinated-care environment (e.g. accountable care organizations) will be discussed.