Exams and Tests
Pap test is a routine screening test used to find
abnormal cell changes of the
cervix and to screen for
cervical cancer. Regular Pap test screening is the
most important tool in finding and treating cervical cell changes
before they progress to cervical cancer.
The recommended Pap test schedule is based on your age and things that increase your risk. Talk to your doctor about how often to have this test.
If cervical cancer is suspected, your
doctor will ask about your
medical history and do a physical exam, including
pelvic exam and a Pap test.
Tests to confirm a diagnosis of cervical cancer include:
Tests to find out the stage and treatment
Tests to find the extent (stage) of cervical cancer include:
- A chest X-ray to check your lungs.
- A CT scan, which uses X-rays to look inside the body.
- An ultrasound, which uses sound waves to check internal tissues and organs.
- An MRI, which uses magnets to see inside the body.
- A PET scan to check for cancer that has spread (metastasized) to other parts of the body.
- A biopsy using fine-needle aspiration.
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
Ross Berkowitz, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
August 1, 2012
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