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Procedure: Colposcopy

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 biopsy is done simultaneously. Colposcopy is used:

Preparation and Procedure

The doctor will inserts a speculum into the vagina as in a pelvic exam 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 a cervical biopsy ).

The information in this page is presented in summarised form and has been taken from the following source(s):
1. The Yale University School of Medicine Patient's Guide to Medical Tests, Barry L. Zaret M.D., Senior Editor, published by Houghton Mifflin. Online:

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