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New Pap Smear Method Gets FDA Approval

A new method of obtaining Pap smears has been approved by the FDA in the hopes that it will produce less smudged slides and enable technicians to see cells more clearly to check for cancer. Using the ThinPrep 2000 Pap test by Cytyc Corp., doctors will place cervical cells in a vial and the cells will be filtered before getting smeared on a slide. The removal of excess blood or mucus should make the cells easier to read and require fewer women to get retested because of unreadable slides.

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The Nando Net and the Associated Press - May 21, 1996

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