The Digital Colposcopy Trial

Testing a tool for cervical cancer screening in British Columbia

This trial has now been completed.

You may participate in this study if:

  • You are scheduled for a first-time colposcopy and/or LEEP treatment
(Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure) at Vancouver General Hospital
because your Pap Smear or cervical biopsies has shown abnormal cells.

  • You are 18 years or older.

  • You are not pregnant and have a negative urine pregnancy test.

  • You fully understand the study and give your informed consent to participate at the time you visit the clinic. (Staff on hand at the time of your visit will provide details of the entire study and what your involvement requires.)

As part of the study, each participant will have a health history taken, a colposcopy exam, and a series of fluorescence measurements of the cervix. Cervical biopsies, including a biopsy of a normal area, will also be performed. A typical appointment for colposcopy and a LEEP procedure takes 20 minutes. Participation in this trial will extend the appointment by approximately 15 minutes.

This research occurs at no charge to the patient. Patient participation is entirely voluntary; patients are under no obligation to take part in this trial and can also withdraw from the study after agreeing to participate. If a patient chooses not to participate in this trial, this will have no impact on the treatment options made avialable to that patient.

The trial is currently being conducted at the Women’s Clinic, which is located on the sixth floor of the Gordon and Leslie Diamond Health Care Centre at Vancouver General Hospital – 2775 Laurel Street, Vancouver, BC.

Thank you for your interest in helping women worldwide who are at risk for cervical cancer!