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CytoJournal 2006,  3:11

Scientific issues related to the cytology proficiency testing regulations

1 Grady Health System, 80 Jessie Hill Junior Drive, Atlanta, GA 30303, USA
2 University of California Davis Medical Center, Office of Academic Affairs, PSSB, Suite 2500, 4150 V Street, Sacramento, CA 95817, USA
3 TriPath Imaging, Inc., 780 Plantation Drive, Burlington, NC 27215, USA
4 University of Pittsburgh, Department of Pathology, 300 Halket Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, USA
5 Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Cytology Lab, 132 S. 10th Street, RM 260 Main, Philadelphia, PA 19107-5244, USA
6 University of Rochester Medical Center, Cytopathology Unit, 601 Elmwood Ave., Box 626, Rochester, NY, USA
7 University of Kentucky Medical Center, Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, 800 Rose Street, MS 117, Lexington, KY 40536, USA
8 International Academy of Cytology, Chicago, IL 60615, USA
9 The Methodist Hospital, Department of Pathology, 6565 Fannin Street, MS205, Houston, TX 77030, USA
10 Regions Hospital, Pathology Department, 640 Jackson Street, Saint Paul, MN 55076, USA
11 Quest Diagnostics Incorporated, Department of Pathology, 2040 Concourse Drive, St. Louis, MO 63146, USA
12 UPMC Health System, UPMC-Cancer Pavilion, 5150 Centre Avenue, Room 306, Pittsburgh, PA 15232, USA
13 ASCT Services, 1500 Sunday, Drive, Suite 102, Raleigh, NC 27607, USA
14 Consultant, Bethesda, MD 20817, USA

Correspondence Address:
R Marshall Austin
University of Pittsburgh, Department of Pathology, 300 Halket Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.1186/1742-6413-3-11

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The member organizations of the Cytology Education and Technology Consortium believe there are significant flaws in current cytology proficiency testing regulations. The most immediate needed modifications include lengthening the required testing interval, utilizing stringently validated and continuously monitored slides, changing the grading scheme, and changing the focus of the test from the individual to laboratory level testing. Integration of new computer-assisted and located-guided screening technologies into the testing protocols is necessary for the testing protocol to be compliant with the law.


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