Description of Medical ServiceCells are collected from the cervix using a brush, broom or spatula in the same way as they are collected for the conventional pap smear, but the head of the brush or spatula is either rinsed into, or broken off into, a vial of preservative fluid to produce a cell suspension which is sent to a laboratory.
In the direct-to-vial collection method, instead of smearing the cells directly onto a glass slide, cells collected from the cervical scraping are transferred directly to the LBC preservative fluid.
Under LBC at a laboratory, the cell sample is treated to remove obscuring factors, such as blood, mucus and inflammation, so that a thin layer of cervical cells can be placed on a slide for microscopic examination.
Description of Medical ConditionWomen presenting for cervical cytology screening for the identification of abnormal cervical cells.
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Previous Application NumberNot Applicable
PICO Confirmation12 – 13 April 2012
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Assessment Report15 October 2012
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Public Summary DocumentPSD April 2013 (redacted) (PDF 164 KB)
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PSD August 2013 (PDF 71 KB)
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Meetings for this Application
PASC7 July 2011
ESC14 February 2013
MSAC5 April 2013
1 August 2013