A Better Pap Test

May 30, 2001

University Medical Center (UMC) has adopted a new and more effective Pap test to detect cervical cancer and pre-cancers in women.

Clinical trials of the ThinPrep Pap Test, some of which were conducted at UMC, suggest the test may be as much as 65 percent more effective in detecting lesions than the regular Pap smear.

With the new test, the clinician collects the sample from the patient in the same manner, and then rinses the collection device into a vial of preservation solution. An automated slide preparation unit then disperses and filters the cervical cells from the sample and prepares a microscopic slide for examination by a cytotechnologist.

The new technique greatly enhances cell visibility by filtering out debris such as blood and mucus, which often clouds traditional Pap smears.




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