colposcopy

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colposcopy

[käl′päs·kə·pē]
(medicine)
Visual examination of cells of the vagina and cervix by means of an endoscope.
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He stressed that the ODS is not a screening tool, but is intended to increase the effectiveness of colposcopies in women with abnormal Pap smears, in whom up to 36% of high-grade lesions can be missed with colposcopy alone.
Offering needed diagnostic and treatment services, such as: pelvic examinations, Pap Smears (FDA approved screens), colposcopies, cervical biopsies, breast examinations, mammograms, breast ultrasounds, fine needle aspirations, and breast biopsies.
With the American Cancer Society reporting only 14,700 new cases of cervical cancer this year in the United States, millions of women are subjected to colposcopies that are unnecessary.
Colposcopies at Hermanus Hospital were initially booked fortnightly from August 2008.
Of more interest to investigators were the women whose initial colposcopies produced negative biopsy results.
Colposcopies were performed by 52 expert colposcopists.
Rather, the investigational device is intended to increase the effectiveness of colposcopies in women with abnormal Pap smears, in whom up to 36% of high-grade lesions can be missed with colposcopy alone.