Research Article| Volume 17, ISSUE 2, P263-284, June 1997

Download started.


Computerized Scanning Devices for Pap Smear Screening: Current Status and Critical Review

  • Dorothy L. Rosenthal
    Address reprint requests to Dorothy L. Rosenthal, MD, FIAC, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, 600 North Wolfe Street, Pathology 406, Baltimore, MD 21287-6940
    From the Division of Cytopathology, Department of Pathology, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Baltimore, Maryland
    Search for articles by this author
      This paper is only available as a PDF. To read, Please Download here.
      Automation of the Pap smear has taken almost half of a century.Two systems have recently received FDA approval for routine use as quality control (rescreening) devices. Technical triumphs are overshadowed by current conflicts among cytopathology professionals, clinicians, patients, and device manufacturers. The historic perspective of this potentially volatile situation provides the backdrop for possible solutions based on the scientific validity of this evolving technology.