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Gynecological Pap Smear Using ThinPrep Methodology

CPA Lab uses the ThinPrep collection system as a replacement for the conventional method of Pap smear preparation in screening for the presence of atypical cells. This liquid-based Pap specimen involves placement of the cervical material into a liquid solution. The solution with the cervical cells is then sent to the laboratory for processing, staining and examination. There currently are numerous devices used to remove material from the cervix. Some can be used only with certain processing methods. Many clinicians use a combination of a spatula and brush or a broom-shaped device. 

The turnaround time for ThinPrep testing is three to five days.


Harer WB, Valenzuela G Jr, Lebo D. Lubrication of the vaginal introitus and speculum does not affect Papanicolaou smears. Obstet Gynecol. 2002; 100:889-92.
Amies AM, Miller L, Lee SK, Koutsky L. The effect of vaginal speculum lubrication on the rate of unsatisfactory cervical cytology diagnosis. Obstet Gynecol. 2002; 100:889-92.
Ferris DG, Berrey MM, Ellis KE, Petry LJ, et al. The optimal technique for obtaining a Papanicolaou smear with the Cervex-Brush. J Fam Pract. 1992; Mar; 34(3):276-80. 

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