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What is a pap smear nowadays, and how is it different than years ago? My doc isn't using microscope slides anymore.

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Dr. Danielle Salhany
Obstetrics & Gynecology
7 doctors agree

In brief: Good!

The days of glass slides and hairspray are long gone! the newer liquid based pap tests are much more accurate and allow for hpv cotesting.
Most women with a history of normal pap testing only need screening once every 3 years depending on risk factors.

In brief: Good!

The days of glass slides and hairspray are long gone! the newer liquid based pap tests are much more accurate and allow for hpv cotesting.
Most women with a history of normal pap testing only need screening once every 3 years depending on risk factors.
Dr. Danielle Salhany
Dr. Danielle Salhany
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Cell monolayers

Current method remove most of the debris from cervical scrapings and deposit the cells in a monolayer on a slide thus making the process of examining slides more effective.
The doctor taking the "pap smear" puts the scrapping in a special fluid that is processed by the pathology laboratory to make monolayer cell slides.

In brief: Cell monolayers

Current method remove most of the debris from cervical scrapings and deposit the cells in a monolayer on a slide thus making the process of examining slides more effective.
The doctor taking the "pap smear" puts the scrapping in a special fluid that is processed by the pathology laboratory to make monolayer cell slides.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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