Women's responses to cervical interrogation by fluorescent and reflective spectroscopy

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

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Objective. To determine women's responses to cervical interrogation by fluorescent and reflective spectroscopy (FRS). Materials and methods. A convenience sample of women scheduled for a colposcopic examination was interrogated by a cervical FRS system. Thereafter, women completed a 24-item questionnaire that assessed their responses to the spectroscopic test. Likert-scale responses were compared among subgroups using the Χ2 test for trend. Results. Most women favored FRS used for locating (97.7%; 170/174) and selectively sampling (96.6%; 168/174) cervical neoplasia. Fewer women (81.0%; 141/174) wanted FRS to replace the Pap smear. Most women were neither nervous (73.6%; 128/174) nor bothered (89.1%; 155/174) by the extra time for the FRS assessment. Women's acceptance was substantiated by 84.9% (146/174) and 90.8% (157/173) wanting their doctor to have and insurance company to pay for FRS, respectively. Conclusions. Use of FRS as a colposcopic adjunct was supported very favorably by women. Fewer women supported FRS replacing Pap smears. These high rates of approval by women should help the implementation of FRS technology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)299-303
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Lower Genital Tract Disease
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1 2003



  • Cancer diagnosis
  • Cervical neoplasia
  • Fluorescent and reflective spectroscopy
  • Patient preferences

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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