Description and Purpose
The colposcope , a specially lit microscope
on a stand, allows the doctor to look directly at abnormal tissue of the
cervix. Sometimes a
is done simultaneously. Colposcopy is used:
- To evaluate the cervical tissue following an abnormal .
- Routinely to monitor women who are at increased risk of , such as women whose mothers took
Preparation and Procedure
The doctor will inserts a speculum into the vagina as in a and may perform a Pap smear before using the colposcope, which
is positioned about a foot from your body. If a biopsy is indicated, the
doctor will remove a sample of cervical tissue (see the description of
The information in this page is presented in summarised form and has been taken
from the following source(s):
The Yale University School of Medicine Patient's Guide to
Medical Tests, Barry L. Zaret M.D., Senior Editor, published by Houghton Mifflin.
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