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The Pap test or Pap smear is a screening test that has been very successful at finding signs of cervical cancer, or cells that may turn into cancer cells in the future. To perform the test, your doctor gently scrapes cells from your uterine cervix, and then sends the cells to a laboratory for review. The test allows laboratory professionals to spot early signs of cancer so that, if any are found, you can be treated before the disease actually develops.

What makes a liquid Pap Test different from the conventional slide preparation Pap?

The liquid Pap is the first real improvement to the conventional Pap smear in 50 years. While the doctor will still collect the cervical cells from you in the same way, it's the way the cells are delivered to the laboratory that makes the ThinPrep Pap Test so different. As a result, the lab can process a higher quality slide to read. Once your cells have been taken, the doctor rinses them into a vial of liquid instead of smearing them onto a slide. Because the cells aren't "smeared," they don't clump together. This method also allows the doctor to preserve almost all of the sample, rather than just a portion. The vial is then sent to the laboratory, where a machine separates the cells from unnecessary materials, such as blood and mucus. The remaining, important cells are then placed onto a slide in a clear and uncrowded way. This approach makes the slide easier for the lab to read.

For more information on liquid Paps go to: Link to www.cytyc.com
 


 
 
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