Cytology

Cytology is the practice of diagnosing disease by looking at individual cells on a glass slide, which can be collected in a variety of methods including brushing, scraping, paracentesis, thoracentesis, and by using a hollow needle to sample a mass (fine needle aspiration). The Delta Pathology Group provides advanced cytopathology services with multiple board certified cytopathologists and cytotechnicians. Services include Pap smears (ThinPrep) with molecular testing for high risk HPV with 16/18 genotyping as well as for additional organisms including gonorrhea, chlamydia, Candida, Trichomonas, Gardnerella (bacterial vaginosis), and HSV 1 and 2. The Pap smear and HPV testing is crucial in screening for and thus preventing cervical cancer. Depending on the local market, cytotechnicians or pathologists may also provide rapid assessments for fine needle aspirations of palpable masses or specific sites, including pancreas, GI-tract, lung, thyroid, and other sites as needed. Material collected during fine needle aspiration can be used for advanced molecular diagnostic testing to tailor targeted therapy to the patient’s cancer.

Our board certified cytolopathologists are available for consultation

Meet our cytolopathologists at Delta Pathology:


Jill A. Ferguson, M.D., FCAP

Cytopathology, Anatomic and Clinical Pathology

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J. Steven Heard, M.D., FCAP

Cytopathology, Anatomic and Clinical Pathology

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Bruce Herrington, M.D., FCAP

Cytopathology, Anatomic and Clinical Pathology

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Karen Hicks, M.D., FCAP

Cytopathology, Anatomic and Clinical Pathology

Erin Langford, M.D., FCAP

Anatomic and Clinical Pathology, Fellowship in Hematopathology and Cytopathology

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Michael Miguez,M.D., FCAP

Cytopathology, Anatomic and Clinical Pathology

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Andrew B. Sholl, M.D., FCAP

Cytopathology, Anatomic and Clinical Pathology

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Hillary Brooke Sims, M.D., FCAP

Cytopathology, Anatomic and Clinical Pathology

A. Patrick Sprabery, M.D., FCAP

Cytopathology, Anatomic and Clinical Pathology