OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study was to evaluate the sensitivity of dynamic spectral imaging (DSI) colposcopy compared with regular colposcopy for women referred with high-grade cervical cytology. METHODS: In a prospective, nonrandomized, multicenter study, we included women referred for colposcopy at hospital gynecology clinics with high-grade cytology. Women were examined using either a regular or DSI colposcope. In both groups, colposcopists located 1 area viewed as most suspicious. In the DSI group, this was done before viewing the DSI map. Subsequently, an area was chosen based on the worst color of the DSI map, and further additional biopsies were taken. All women had 4 cervical biopsies taken, all analyzed separately. The main outcome was sensitivity to find cervical intraepithelial neoplasia grade 2 or worse (CIN2+). RESULTS: A total of 261 women were examined using DSI colposcopy, and 156 women were examined using regular colposcopy. The sensitivity for finding CIN2+ when using the DSI technology as an adjunctive technology was found to be 82.2% (95% CI = 75.9-87.4), based on an average of 1.4 biopsies. This was corresponding in sensitivity to 2 biopsies taken using regular colposcopy (80.3%; 95% CI = 72.3-86.8). There was no difference in sensitivity for CIN+ between the groups when 3 or more biopsies were taken. CONCLUSIONS: We found that the DSI colposcope may help direct biopsy placement; however, the improvement is based on small differences in needed biopsies and the clinical significance of this may be small. Multiple biopsies were still superior.
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