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  1. Performance of a semiautomated papanicolaou smear screening system : Results of a population-based study conducted in Guanacaste, Costa Rica.

    Article - En anglais


    Automated cytology devices have utility in quality assurance applications, but the effectiveness of these devices in primary screening is unknown.


    Enrollment smears obtained from 7323 women participating in a population-based study sponsored by the National Cancer Institute were screened manually in Costa Rica and then evaluated independently in the U.S. with the PAPNET system (Neuromedical Systems, Inc., Suffern, NY), a semiautomated, neural network-based device.

    Smears with abnormal PAPNET images were microscopically rescreened and then diagnosed by a U.S. cytopathologist.

    ThinPrep slides (Cytyc Corporation, Boxborough, MA), prepared from rinses of the cytologic sampler, and cervigrams (National Testing Laboratories, Fenton, MO) were also evaluated.

    Women with any abnormal cytologic diagnosis or a positive cervigram were referred for colposcopy with biopsy and definitive therapy if indicated.


    Based on the U.S. cytotechnologist's review of the PAPNET images, 1017 (13.9%) of 7323 smears were selected for manual screening, resulting in the selection of 492 (6.7%) possibly abnormal slides for referral to the U.S. pathologist.

    Ultimately, 312 smears (4.3% of the total) were diagnosed as containing squamous cells of undetermined significance or a more severe abnormality (>=ASCUS), resulting, hypothetically, in the referral of 66.5% of women with a final diagnosis of a squamous intraepithelial lesion or a more severe abnormality (>=SIL) and 86. (...)

    Mots-clés Pascal : Carcinome, Col utérus, Frottis cervical, Dépistage, Test Papanicolaou, Cytologie, Semiautomatique, Evaluation performance, Costa Rica, Amérique Centrale, Amérique, Homme, Appareil génital femelle pathologie, Col utérus pathologie, Tumeur maligne, Anatomopathologie

    Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Carcinoma, Uterine cervix, Cervical smear, Medical screening, Papanicolaou smear test, Cytology, Semiautomatic, Performance evaluation, Costa Rica, Central America, America, Human, Female genital diseases, Uterine cervix diseases, Malignant tumor, Pathology

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    Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique

    Cote : 98-0519619

    Code Inist : 002B24O11. Création : 23/03/1999.