Physicians evaluate new device to test for cervical cancer
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School of Medicine at the University of California has tested an alternative device called fabric-based endocervical curettage which uses a fabric hook, such as the hooks found on the rough side of Velcro, to do the sampling instead of the standard metal scraping device. The hook simultaneously biopsies, traps, and stores the tissue for transport to the lab. The traditional method involves colposcopy, in which a metal instrument is used to obtain a small sampling of cells inside the cervix, a procedure that is often times painful for the patient and does not consistently give good results. This new device provides fewer inadequate specimens thus reducing repeat biopsies.

This study has been published in the Journal of Lower Genital Tract Disease and this is the first product to evaluate the inside of the cervix.



http://journals.lww.com/jlgtd/Abstract/publishahead/Comparison_of_Tissue_Yield_Using_Frictional_Fabric.99516.aspx
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