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Cytopathology. 2003 Oct;14(5):269-74.

Implementation of liquid-based cytology in the screening programme against cervical cancer in the County of Funen, Denmark, and status for the first year.

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  • 1Department of Pathology, Odense University Hospital, Odense, Denmark.


As one of the first laboratories in Denmark (and Scandinavia), we have gradually implemented liquid-based cytology into the screening programme against cervical cancer in the County of Funen since 1 June 2001. This paper describes the course of the implementation period in the different steps in the screening programme, and the preliminary results obtained after the first year. We conclude that the new technique has improved the specimen and diagnostic quality. As a result of the reduction of the screening time, the workload in the laboratory is in balance although we have introduced a rapid review as a quality control. Besides, the reduction in the number of repeated cytological tests and follow-up visits at the gynaecologist means a saving for the screening programme as a whole. From our point of view the implementation of ThinPrep method is economically neutral.

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