Cervical Cytology (The Pap Test)

Ajit Singh Paintal*, R. Nayar

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Widespread adoption of the Pap test as a screening tool for cervical cancer is arguably one of the most significant advances in pubLic health in human history. While much of the basic performance of the Pap test has remained the same over the years, the addition of Liquid-based cytology, automated image analysis, and concomitant testing for high-risk human papillomaviruses have had a substantial impact on the screening and treatment paradigm and the way the Pap test has been used over the last decade. These technologies have helped advance the detection of cervical cancer and its precursors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPathobiology of Human Disease
Subtitle of host publicationA Dynamic Encyclopedia of Disease Mechanisms
PublisherElsevier Inc
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9780123864567
ISBN (Print)9780123864574
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014


  • Automated image analysis
  • Bethesda System
  • Cervical cancer
  • Cervical cytology
  • Cervical intraepitheLial neoplasia
  • Human papillomavirus
  • Liquid-based cytology
  • Pap test
  • Papanicolaou
  • Screening test
  • Squamous cell carcinoma
  • Squamous dysplasia
  • Squamous intraepitheLial lesion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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