liquid-based cytology

liquid-based cytology
(LBC)
a new technology intended to improve the detection of cytologic abnormalities, which has been heralded as a way forward for cervical screening. It includes liquid-based thin-layer cytology (ThinPrep, AutoCyte), computerized rescreening (PAPNET), and algorithm-based computer rescreening (AutoPap). LBC provides uniformly well-fixed preparations that are free of inflammatory exudate and blood and seem easier to screen than conventional smears. However, it is expensive in terms of equipment, capital costs, maintenance, consumables, training, technical preparation time, transportation, and disposal of liquid media.

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a technique for collecting and preparing samples for cancer screening: cells obtained by biopsy are transferred to a liquid fixative, concentrated, and uniformly spread in a thin layer on slides for evaluation.

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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