New diagnostic tools in cervical cancer screening (ThinPrep Pap test)

Authors: Iva Kinkorová Luňáčková
Authors‘ workplace: Bioptická laboratoř s. r. o., Plzeň
Published in: Prakt Gyn 2013; 17(2): 157-160
Category: Oncogynecology: Review Article


Carcinoma of uterine cervix belongs to the frequent women malignities, due to its localization as the well accessible area and the effort is to identify women who are at increased risk of cervical cancer precursors. Routinely used is the smear from uterine cervix, when the cells after staining are observed in the optical microscope and based on especially nuclear characteristics are evaluated by the Bethesda 2001 system. Besides conventional cytology (C) we can now in Czech Republic use the methods of liquid based cytology (LBC), which allows us to take more examinations from one sample (e.g. HPV testing). The purpose of this article is to acquaint the gynecologists with the LBC techniques, focusing on ThinPrep Pap test and with describing the principle of computer image analysis while evaluating the gynecological cytology.

Key words:
carcinoma of uterine cervix – HPV – Imager – liquid based cytology – Pap test – screening carcinoma of uterine cervix – ThinPrep Pap Test – uterine cervix


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Paediatric gynaecology Gynaecology and obstetrics Reproduction medicine
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