Liquid-based Pap Technology
Improves and standardizes the quality of cell collection and slide preparation.
Instead of smearing a cervical specimen onto a slide (as with the conventional Pap smear), the Physician:
- Transfers the specimen to a vial of preservative solution.
- Vial is capped, sealed and sent to the laboratory for processing.
An automated slide preparation process disperses the contents of the specimen, thereby:
- reducing effects of blood, mucus, inflammation and obscuring elements without affecting cell morphology.
- A thin, even layer of cellular material is then systematically deposited onto a glass slide.
- The end result is a more uniform preparation of well-preserved cells ready for microscopic examination.
These improvements address the majority of recognized limitations associated with the conventional Pap smear and provide an improved patient specimen for interpretation.
The liquid-based Pap collection process also allows for retesting and adjunctive testing.