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Cytopathology is the official journal of the British Association for Cytopathology and an affiliated title of over 20 national cytology societies. We publish articles relating to aspects of cytology that will increase our knowledge and understanding of the aetiology, diagnosis and management of human disease.
We make a major contribution to Continuing Medical Education in clinical cytology, and are essential reading for every practicing cytopathologist and cytotechnologist who wishes to keep abreast of new developments in this rapidly developing field.
We are pleased to announce two annual Mina Desai Awards for Cytopathology authors, starting from 2022. The Mina Desai Award for Research Excellence recognizes authors of an outstanding paper, while the Mina Desai Early Career Investigator Award recognizes the contribution of authors who are in a training or early career position, or who are within 5 years of appointment to a senior position. Professor Mina Desai is a former Editor of Cytopathology and has made an outstanding contribution to the field of cytology.
For more detailed information on the criteria for each award, please see here.
On the Cover
Telecytology – remote rapid on‐site evaluation for ultrasound‐guided head and neck fine needle aspiration utilising a clinical imaging assistant with an extended practice role
-  19 February 2024
Thyroid poorly differentiated carcinoma metastatic to pancreas diagnosed by fine-needle aspiration and demonstrating a novel BRAF fusion
-  15 February 2024
A tumour with two‐and‐a‐half faces—Primary lung adenosquamous carcinoma causing secondary squamous cell carcinoma in the colon
-  15 February 2024
Adenosquamous carcinoma in the lung was the source of colonic squamous cell carcinoma. Next-generation sequencing confirmed the two tumours were the same, highlighting the importance of clinical suspicion and thorough workup, including genetic testing, in lung cancer cases.
The diagnostic utility of Merkel cell polyoma virus immunohistochemistry in cytology specimens
-  14 February 2024
In this study, the authors describe the clinical utility of Merkel cell polyoma virus immunohistochemistry (IHC) in the diagnosis of Merkel cell carcinoma in cytology specimens. The IHC was found to be highly specific (97%) and captured a subset of cytokeratin 20 negative cases. It can serve as a diagnostic aid in distinguishing Merkel cell carcinoma from morphologic mimics.
Molecular analysis of endobronchial ultrasound needle aspirates in patients with non‐small cell lung cancer: Results from the SCOPE database
-  13 February 2024
The following is a list of the most cited articles based on citations published in the last three years, according to CrossRef.
The presence of a cytopathologist increases the diagnostic accuracy of endoscopic ultrasound‐guided fine needle aspiration cytology for pancreatic adenocarcinoma: a meta‐analysis
-  27 May 2013
Impact of image analysis and artificial intelligence in thyroid pathology, with particular reference to cytological aspects
-  5 April 2020
Thyroid pathology has great potential for automated image analysis/artificial intelligence algorithm application on whole-slide images. Studies to date mainly deal with the assessment of immunohistochemical staining, quantification of cellular and nuclear parameters and discrimination between benign and malignant nodules. They show that correlation of automated assessment of immunohistochemical staining with manual pathologist's assessment is high and diagnostic performance of automated models is comparable with expert pathologist diagnosis
Cell blocks in cytopathology: a review of preparative methods, utility in diagnosis and role in ancillary studies
-  11 August 2014
Cell blocks in cytopathology: An update
-  28 August 2018
With the increasing tendency to utilise minimally invasive procedures, cytology is emerging as a primary modality for tissue diagnosis. Cell blocks are an invaluable adjunct due to their versatility for ancillary testing. This review summarises the latest information on cell block preparatory techniques, their diagnostic utility and role in ancillary testing.
Current state of whole slide imaging use in cytopathology: Pros and pitfalls
-  5 February 2020
This review summarizes the advantages and the disadvantages of the use of whole slide imaging (WSI) in cytopathology, starting from the cytological specimen to the entire laboratory and istitution. Whole Slide Imaging provides high-quality standardized slides, but there is still a need for validation studies before full adoption for primary diagnosis. Whole Slide Imaging in cytology retains most of the advantages of surgical pathology, and in the near future barriers to adoption will be overcome.