Why the ThinPrep Pap Test?

How the ThinPrep Imaging System
Improves Accuracy

The ThinPrep Imaging System is a computer system that automatically scans the cells on the pap test slide, looking for the largest and darkest nuclei that can mean a cell is abnormal. As an important part of the ThinPrep Pap Test, the ThinPrep Imaging System helps laboratory professionals to better detect abnormal cells. So be sure to ask for an Imaged ThinPrep Pap Test.

Dual Review technology

With the ThinPrep Imaging System, your ThinPrep Pap Test is screened twice — first by the ThinPrep Imager, and then by a laboratory professional. The cells identified by the ThinPrep Imager are highlighted for review by the laboratory professional. If he or she believes that abnormal cells are present, then the slide is sent to a pathologist — a doctor specially trained to interpret abnormal findings — and he or she will make a final diagnosis.

Independent studies have shown that the ThinPrep Imaging System with Dual Review increases disease detection over manually reviewed ThinPrep Pap Test slides.

How the ThinPrep Imager aids in disease detection

Normal cells have small nuclei, while abnormal cells have larger ones, and are darker as a result (left). The ThinPrep Imager "directs" the laboratory professional towards darker cells, which are most likely to be abnormal (right).

The future of pap testing

The standard of care in pap testing is moving in the direction of the Dual Review system. Over 70% of pap testing in the U.S. is performed with the ThinPrep Pap Test. More than half of these are done with the ThinPrep Imaging System with Dual Review.

Understanding Your Pap Test Results

Become more familiar with pap test terminology and how to interpret your test results.

Confused by Your Pap Test Results?

Learn more about the language commonly used to describe pap test results.

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