A pap test is a screening for cervical cancer. It is a standard gynecological procedure that examines your cervix for changes or abnormalities. It can also detect infections and the human papillomavirus (HPV). A pap test is recommended every year for women over the age of 21 and slightly less frequently for women over 30. A pap test collects cells from your cervix. The cells are sent to a laboratory for testing. Regular Pap tests detect problems quickly and rule out mistakes made by false positive and false negative results.
We strive to detect cervical cancer as early and as accurately as possible with the use of PapSure®. PapSure is the only in-office direct visual screening exam, approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for all women. It is a visual exam, performed by your physician, in addition to your Pap Test. PapSure reduces the amount of false results. PapSure uses Speculite®, a bright light technology that illuminates the vagina and helps the doctor visually identify any abnormalities. The cells are examined under a blue light which will cause any irregular cells to appear white. Results are rapid and provide extra confidence to the Pap test results.