The ThinPrep Pap Test only examines approximately 70,000 cells with many more left unexamined in the vial. How do you know you are not leaving important cells unexamined?
The gentle mixing of the sample before preparing the slides ensures a thorough sampling of the cells present. As part of the validation of the ThinPrep Pap Test, ten or more slides were made from single vials. These studies showed that the first slide prepared from the vial is representative of the remainder of the material.
- Conventional Pap smears have approximately 300,000 cells, and the ThinPrep slides have approximately 70,000. How can the ThinPrep method claim to be higher quality?
- Does ThinPrep Pap Test lose tumor diathesis which would make the diagnosis of cancer difficult?
- Does the increased detection with the ThinPrep Pap Test come at a loss in specificity?