Combined Digital Colposcopy Analysis to Improve Cervical Precancer and Cancer Detection

2014-08-27 03:14:58 | BioPortfolio


Precancerous lesions of the cervix occur frequently and are treatable. This justifies a population-based screening program. Following an abnormal Pap smear, patients are referred for a colposcopic exam to confirm the presence/stage of disease and select appropriate treatments. Unfortunately, these approaches do not detect all lesions or can sometimes give 'false positive' results (resulting in overtreatment). We are testing a device called a 'multispectral digital colposcope' to determine whether it is more effective at detecting precancerous cervical lesions than existing tools. Success in our study will make diagnoses more accurate and reduce the costs associated with unnecessary treatments.

Study Design

Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Diagnostic


Cervical Cancer


Multispectral Digital Colposcope (MDC)


Vancouver General Hospital - Women's Clinic (G&L Diamond Centre)
British Columbia
V5Z 1M9


Not yet recruiting


British Columbia Cancer Agency

Results (where available)

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-08-27T03:14:58-0400

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