Thin Prep Pap Test

The conventional Pap smear has been available for over 50 years; it has been responsible for a 70% decrease in cervical cancer deaths. While this makes the conventional Pap smear one of the most successful cancer screening programs, certain limitations have impaired the sensitivity of the test. The Thin Prep Pap test addressed these limitations with liquid-based preparation - improving specimen adequacy and significantly increasing test sensitivity. The Thin Prep Pap test is the first test of this kind, and since its introduction, it has contributed to a further 28% reduction in invasive cervical cancers.

Fewer errors
The Thin Prep Pap Test eliminates common errors associated with preparing a specimen.  For the Thin Prep smear, instead of smearing the cells onto a glass slide, the technician rinses the cells into a vial of preservative solution. This procedure ensures that the cells are more readily released into the liquid, capturing virtually all of the cells. The conventional Pap smear specimen may often be clouded with debris such as blood and mucus, which obscure cell visibility. If the cells are not immediately sprayed with a fixative solution, drying artifact may also occur. Additionally, after the clinician prepares a conventional slide, the collection device is discarded, sometimes with more than 80% of the patient's sample still on the device.

Liquid-based cytology
The Thin Prep Pap Test is a liquid-based pap test that employs a fluid transport medium to preserve cells and an automated process to eliminate debris and distribute a representative portion of cells on a slide in a uniform, even layer. A Thin Prep Pap Test slide is clearer, easier to read, and minimizes obscuring blood, mucus, and non-diagnostic debris, enabling increased accuracy for both manual assessment and computerized assessment of the cells. The Thin Prep Pap Test process improves the quality of the sample, preparing a slide that is more appropriate for diagnostic review.

The Conventional Pap Smear

Majority of cells not captured
Non-representative transfer
Clumping and overlapping
Obscuring material

The Thin Prep Pap Test

Virtually all of sample collected
Randomized representative transfer
Even distribution
Minimizes obscuring material

More effective
Studies of hundreds of thousands of women have consistently shown that the Thin Prep Pap test is clearly more effective in detecting precancerous cells than the conventional smear. The Thin Prep Pap test  is the only liquid media cytological technique approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration and by Health Canada, both of which recognize Thin Prep Pap test to be clearly more effective.

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