A colposcopy is a procedure whereby your provider looks at your cervix and vagina with a magnifying device called a colposcope. The procedure takes about 10-15 minutes. lt is usually performed as the next step after a patient has an abnormal Pap smear and/or when certain types of human papilloma virus tests indicate a positive result. It allows the clinician to zero in on where the abnormal area is located, allowing for a directed area to biopsy.
Compared to conventional colposcopy, DySIS provides more accurate results and increases earlier detection of cervical cancer. DySIS includes a new technology called Dynamic Spectral Imaging that takes accurate measurements through the course of the examination. The results are summarized in the form of a map, and allows patients to have a more in depth look at what is going on during their colposcopy.
This procedure measures aceto-whitening automatically, unlike other colposcopes. The measurement results in production of a DySIS map that summarizes the effect of the aceto-whitening to aid doctors in making a diagnosis, and determining whether or not further treatment is required.