IDEXX Digital Cytology

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Product Description

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Whole-slide interpretation in 2 hours or less, 24/7/365

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Largest global network of veterinary clinical pathologists

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Integrated, comprehensive reports with images

Personalized guidance from veterinary clinical pathologists

Make your best decisions, faster, with 24/7/365 access to IDEXX’s world-class global network of veterinary clinical pathologists.

IDEXX veterinary clinical pathologist reviewing and interpreting a slide from the IDEXX Digital Cytology Instrument

  • Scan and transmit high-resolution whole-slide images directly to IDEXX Reference Laboratories.
  • Get personalized guidance for routine cases as well as critical and complex pathology cases.
  • Discuss your case with an IDEXX pathologist 24/7/365.
  • Review cytology results with images, provided exclusively with VetConnect PLUS, alongside other diagnostic results for a comprehensive view of your patient.

Find out if Digital Cytology is right for your practice

Current customers: Get guides and training resources.

Simple, seamless diagnostic experience for rapid case management

4 simple steps

Scan your IDEXX requisition ID to create a case

Order test

Order test via VetConnect PLUS or your supported practice management system, and scan requisition ID to create a case.

Two stained slides for scanning with the IDEXX Digital Cytology Instrument

Select slides

Select up to two stained slides for scanning.

Insert tray into the IDEXX Digital Cytology instrument

Scan slides

Place stained slide into tray, and insert tray into the IDEXX Digital Cytology instrument. Repeat to scan second slide.

Click submit to send digital cytology images to pathologists


Preview images and click Submit to send to pathologist.

Pathology report on iPad in 2 hours or less with IDEXX Digital Cytology

Integrated, comprehensive reports with images in 2 hours or less

Exclusively with VetConnect PLUS
  • Simplify case management with results integrated directly into your practice management system.
  • View and share comprehensive reports complete with high-resolution images interpretation and notes, exclusively on VetConnect PLUS.
  • Access chemistry, hematology, and all other IDEXX diagnostic test results alongside your pathology results for a comprehensive view of your patient.

Compatible with majority of cytology specimen types

Impression smears from solid tissues

  • Lymph nodes
  • Skin/subcutaneous masses
  • Internal organs
    • Spleen
    • Liver
    • Prostate
    • Intestine
    • Lung
    • Kidney
    • Bone
    • Pancreas
    • Mediastinum
    • Other
  • Vaginal smears


Fine-needle aspirations (FNAs) and body fluids

  • Body cavity effusions:
    • Abdominal fluid
    • Pericardial fluid
    • Pleural fluid
  • Joint fluid
  • Blood smears
  • Urine sediment (dry mount)
  • Tracheal/bronchoalveolar (BAL) wash

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Deeper insights

IDEXX Digital Cytology led to referral and treatment sooner

Case study: Ace

Ace came to his veterinarian after a 1-week history of decreased appetite and lethargy. He had normal drinking and urination, and his owner reported no vomiting or diarrhea.

Read the case study

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