Automated screening versus manual screening: a comparison of the ThinPrep imaging system and manual screening in a time study

Doris Schledermann, Tina Hyldebrandt, Dorthe Ejersbo, Berit Hoelund

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The ThinPrep Imaging System (TIS) is an automated system that assists cytotechnologists in the primary screening of ThinPrep liquid based cervical samples. Between June 1, 2004, and April 1, 2005, four experienced cytotechnologists participated in the study in which the duration of the screening procedure was timed for each of the 11,354 slides included. In every slide 22 fields of view were reviewed, and the samples that contained potentially abnormal cells were fully screened. The screening time was reduced by 42% (mean) (p < 0.001). By manual rescreening of the negative TIS samples, abnormal cells were found in 10 samples (false negative rate 0.14%). In every case the abnormal cells had been identified by the scanner, but misinterpreted by the cytotechnologist. These findings stressed the importance of carefulness in the interpretation of the marked fields and beyond that helped the cytotechnologists and pathologists to have more confidence in the automated system.
TidsskriftDiagnostic Cytopathology
Udgave nummer6
Sider (fra-til)348-52
Antal sider4
StatusUdgivet - 2007