Annual Exams

Annual Exams & ThinPrep Pap Smears

It is recommended that women 18 and older or those who are sexually active see a medical profession or Obstetrician/Gynecologist for annual check-ups.

During your visit, you will be given a pelvic exam and may be administered a Pap smear in order to test the cells of the cervix and to test for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).

Seeing your doctor once a year will help keep you and your body healthy. According to recommended guidelines, the greatest factor to the occurrence of cervical cancer is not having annual Pap tests.

ThinPrep Pap Test

The ThinPrep Pap Test is the most trusted, most widely used, most comprehensive pap test available. It is more accurate than a conventional “pap smear”, and when combined with the ThinPrep Imaging System, even more, disease is detected. So be sure to ask for an Imaged ThinPrep Pap Test.

Why You Should Ask About the ThinPrep Pap Test

More accuracy than the conventional “pap smear” — the ThinPrep Pap Test is the only pap test approved by the FDA as “significantly more effective” than the conventional pap smear for detection of cervical abnormalities. In studies, the ThinPrep Pap Test improved the detection of precancerous cervical cells when compared with the conventional pap smear.

Dual Review screening for better disease detection — with the ThinPrep Imaging System, your ThinPrep Pap Test is screened twice: first by the ThinPrep Imager, and then by a trained laboratory professional. If cells are believed to be abnormal, then the laboratory professional will review the entire slide. If abnormalities are found, the slide will be sent to a pathologist — a doctor specially trained to interpret abnormal findings — and he or she will make a final diagnosis. Independent studies have shown that the ThinPrep Imaging System with Dual Review increases disease detection over manually reviewed ThinPrep Pap Test slides.

A wide range of benefits – Since FDA approval in 1996, more than 170 independent studies have been published in peer-reviewed medical journals, demonstrating a wide range of clinical benefits of the ThinPrep Pap Test. These benefits include:

  • Increased disease detection
  • More confident diagnoses
  • Better sample preparation
  • Cost effectiveness