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ThinPrep Pap Test

Introduced in the 1940s, Pap testing has been the single greatest contributor to the overall decline in cervical cancer. Then, the 1996 launch of the Hologic ThinPrep Pap test propelled screening success to new heights. To date, ThinPrep has become the most widely used Pap test in the world,with hundreds of published, peer-reviewed studies demonstrating significant benefits over the conventional Pap smear.

Today, accurate Pap testing is even more critical in light of extended Pap testing intervals. A negative HPV test can keep patients from follow-up appointments for years, while a false negative HPV result can give cervical disease a chance to advance undetected. By choosing the ThinPrep Pap test, the first Health Canada and FDA - approved test for both Pap and HPV testing from ONE vial, you can screen for cervical cancer and other ancillary tests — confidently and accurately.

By choosing the ThinPrep Pap test, the only FDA-approved test for both Pap and HPV testing from ONE vial, you can screen for cervical cancer and other ancillary tests using a single sample.

Benefits include:

  • Patient comfort – No need to co-collect a second specimen for HPV and/or other ancillary tests.
  • Convenience – Less handling of vials.
  • Efficiency – Lab results more likely to be reported together.
  • Ensures chain of custody – Less chance for samples becoming lost or mixed up.

It is also the only test with published HPV specimen stability data collected in PreservCyt, the ThinPrep collection media.

In addition to confidence in your HPV results, ThinPrep is also FDA approved/cleared for a wide range of additional assays. These include:

  • Aptima Combo 2 test (CT/GC).
  • Aptima Trichomonas test.
  • BD ProbeTec Chlamydia trachomatis (CT).
  • BD ProbeTec Neisseria gonorrhoeae (GC).
  • Roche cobas AMPLICOR CT/NG.
Specimen Collection

ThinPrep Pap test specimen collection

Specimen collection is a key factor in obtaining adequate and representative samples for analysis. Therefore, when collecting specimens, it is important to use appropriate devices and techniques, for example, avoiding the use of lubricants, or if they are used, using a carbomer-free lubricant sparingly.

For the proper collection technique, please refer to our PDF file:


1. 2012 Anatomic Pathology Market Forecast and Trends Report.