Liquid-based methods for collecting cervical cells and preparing them
for laboratory evaluation are available.
A sample of cervical cells is collected during a
Pap test. Then the cells are rinsed in a liquid
vial (instead of being smeared on slides). The vials are taken to the laboratory,
and a thin layer of the specimen is put on slides for microscopic examination.
Only a small portion of the sample is used for the slide, so the remainder of
the cell sample can be used for any further testing, such as a
human papillomavirus (HPV) test.
These methods can produce
false-positive results just like standard Pap tests.
These methods cost more than standard Pap testing.
PeaceHealth endeavors to provide comprehensive health care information, however some topics in this database describe services and procedures not offered by our providers or within our facilities because they do not comply with, nor are they condoned by, the ethics policies of our organization.