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Tuesday 20 June 2017

According to recommendations, a cytologist can examine no more than 100 gynecologic and nongynecologic slides per 24-hour period, over at least 8 hours, at 12.5 slides per hour.

Imaging systems and Liquid based preps resulting in less cells to screen count as ½ a slide. Secondary review of slides counts as 0 slides.

A cytologist can examine up to and not more than 100 gynecologic and nongynecologic slides over 24-hours. The 100 slides must be read over at least 8-hours.

Cytologists who have other duties or who work part time must have their workload limit prorated by the fraction of hours examining slides.

100 / 8 = 12.5, so no more than 12.5 slides can be read per hour, up to a maximum of 100 per 24 hours.

Automated systems such as ThinPrep Imaging System that result in slides not requiring a full manual review, or liquid based preps that result in cell dispersion over only half or less of the available slide area, count as ½ a slide, so if only these are are read, 200 could be performed over at least 8 hours.

The secondary review of slides is not regulated, and counts as 0 slides.