NYC Colposcopy Exams
When your provider believes a woman could have abnormal or pre-cancerous cervical cells, she will usually suggests a colposcopy procedure and, occasionally, a colposcopy and biopsy together. A colposcopy is used to view the cervix close-up. This helps detect abnormal cells on and around the cervix. During the procedure, the doctor uses a colposcope, which is a camera with two eyepieces and a bright light mounted on a stand.
Why would I need a colposcopy?
- A Pap smear test returned with abnormal results and HPV is present.
- The cervix looks abnormal during an exam.
- The patient is having unexplained bleeding or other issues.
- The doctor needs to determine whether additional tests or treatments are required.
What is a biopsy?
What happens during the procedure?
The tissue obtained is sent to a lab to be tested. A colposcopy and biopsy typically takes approximately 10 minutes.