What is a Colposcopy?
Colposcopy is a diagnostic exam in which your doctor applies a vinegar solution to your cervix and uses a magnifying scope to look for areas that may turn white. This “acetowhitening effect” helps your doctor determine if you need a cervical biopsy.
What is a biopsy?
A cervical biopsy is when a tiny piece of tissue from your cervix is removed and then examined with a microscope for changes in the cells. Changes in the cells may indicate a pre-cancerous condition called cervical dysplasia. Most forms of dysplasia are not cancerous and can be treated.
What does an abnormal pap smear mean?
An abnormal pap smear can mean there are changes to cells in your cervix. These may indicate inflammation or pre-cancerous changes that could develop into cervical cancer if left untreated. Your doctor will perform a colposcopy exam to learn more.
Historically, colposcopy has been a subjective exam:
- Non-standardized, variable procedure
- Unquantified acetowhitening observation
- Accurately identifying biopsy sites can be challenging
- Monitoring longitudinal changes is difficult
Under new Pap smear guidelines with extended screening intervals, missed diagnosis may lead to:
- Disease progression
- Repeat diagnostic procedures
- Higher cost of treatments
- Missed patient follow-up
- Patient anxiety
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Please note: Emergencies related to pregnancy and gynecology should call our emergency line, proceed to the nearest emergency room, or call 911.
The DySIS™ Advanced Cervical Imaging System
Our practice offers the latest in colposcopy technology for abnormal Pap smears. The DySIS map highlights any cervical area with extreme acetowhitening, which helps us select which areas to biopsy
What is the DYSISmap?
The DYSISmap is a unique, advanced scan of the cervix showing areas that appear white. The map is color coded to help your clinician accurately identify abnormal cells on your cervix.