Patient acceptance of fluorescent and reflective spectroscopy as a replacement test for the pap smear

Daron Gale Ferris, Eileen D. Dickman, Mark S. Litaker, Kelly M. Smith, Lynn M. Allmond, Terry L. Arrington

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Objective. To determine women's acceptance of fluorescent and reflective spectroscopy (FRS) as a potential replacement test for the Pap smear. Materials and methods. Women scheduled for a colposcopic examination, or a colposcopic and FRS examination, completed a 22-item questionnaire that included demographic data, medical history, and preference-type questions. Data were compared using Χ2 and Wilcoxon's rank sum tests. Results. Women considered accuracy, comfort, and quick results to be the most important characteristics for new cervical cancer tests. Immediate test results were preferred strongly by both groups (control, 84.5%; scanned, 88.6%). Provided FRS was more accurate than the Pap smear, most women (control, 74.7%; scanned, 68.2%) would rather have FRS if it cost the same as a Pap smear. Conclusions. Women consider accuracy, comfort, and time critical issues with respect to FRS used as a primary screening test. Acceptance of this new technology will be facilitated by designing equipment accordingly to satisfy the concerns of women.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)294-298
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Lower Genital Tract Disease
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1 2003



  • Cervical neoplasia
  • Fluorescent and reflective spectroscopy
  • Patient acceptance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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