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DYSIS Colposcopy

Reassuring Innovation

Attending a Colposcopy appointment can be an anxious time, but rest assured that if your clinician is using DYSIS then you can relax. DYSIS includes a new technology called Dynamic Spectral Imaging that takes accurate measurements through the course of the examination. The results are summarised in the form of map - the DYSISmap - which you can ask to see. Your clinician will discuss the results with you and determine the best next steps.


Below are some experiences of patients who have had a colposcopy examination using the DYSIS instrument following an abnormal Pap smear test result. Their stories are reproduced with the kind permission of the patients involved.

Chloe, UK
The DYSIS technology allowed me to have a more in depth look at what was happening during my colposcopy procedure and it was really interesting.  They DYSISmap really helped - It is great to be able to see for yourself exactly what the Doctors sees, rather than being told ‘It looks normal’ and not understanding what they are looking at.
Felicia, USA
I had a profound experience of just what a difference DYSIS is making for women around the world. Before I had heard about DYSIS, my nurse practitioner's office called and told me that my Pap result was abnormal and that I had HPV. My colposcopy came back NORMAL, but I was always a bit concerned about what it could mean. I switched GYN's to a practice who had DYSIS. My annual Pap came back normal, but i asked my Doctor to perform a DYSIS Colposcopy anyway. My DYSISmap showed multiple areas of abnormality. My physician took two biopsies. The histology confirmed that I had a high grade lesion. A LEEP excision was performed and the results showed CIN3. My Pap smear was NORMAL!! Without DYSIS I would never have had this procedure, which is a thought that makes me feel really uneasy.
Christine Wilson, UK
Christine Wilson, 55, of Bromley is a mother-of-one who works for a training company. She is urging women to attend their Cervical Screening Tests - known as smears - after hers showed abnormal results and indicated she needs further tests. “It is an inconvenience for some people and can be embarrassing and uncomfortable. But it has to be worthwhile when it is helping to prevent anything worse like cancer happening.” She has been going for six monthly Cervical Screening Tests and further colposcopy procedures to enable doctors to monitor her. New technology has helped doctors to confidently reassure her she doesn’t need invasive treatment at this time. “I had an abnormal smear around 18 months ago and was referred to Orpington Hospital for a colposcopy procedure and a biopsy. I was worried it might be cancer as that was mentioned. I was very frightened of the unknown. But I was told I was clear and to come back in six months.” Christine has attended for the same procedures again six months on, and more recently she had another colposcopy. Doctors have used a DYSIS to look at abnormal cells in her cervix and determine whether she needs treatment. “There’s a chance I would have had to have the treatment each time. But with more proficient equipment they are using on me, they have been able to tell me with confidence I don’t need the invasive treatment at the moment. It’s good news for women who still want to have children, it’s a benefit for everyone.”
Heather Holyoak, UK
Heather Holyoak, 30, a final year medical student at Barts and The London School of Medicine who lives in Bromley, has had three colposcopy procedures and a biopsy in the last three years after she had abnormal ‘smear’ results. The student has been diagnosed with Human papilloma virus (HPV), a group of viruses that affect a woman’s cervix. HPV is common, with over three quarters of sexually active women acquiring it at some time in their lives. HPV can cause changes to cells within a woman’s cervix, which can lead to cervical cancer, and so Heather has been closely monitored with regular Cervical Screening Tests known as ‘smears’ have come back abnormal. “I was told I had the worst strain of HPV that causes cervical cancer. I went for a colposcopy and I was scared I had cancer. They took a biopsy and it has comeback clear.” Heather has been back each year for colposcopies as a result of abnormal smears and has had the DYSIS colposcopy procedure. “I was more anxious and scared of the unknown. It was really good to be able to see the DYSIS screen and feel a little more in control and understand what was happening.” She so far hasn’t had to undergo treatment, which can cause problems during pregnancy such as premature birth in some cases. “Doctors don’t want to take a risk with people’s lives. With DYSIS and its enhanced information they can reassure women with confidence they don’t need the invasive treatment, which is great for younger women who want to start a family.” Heather wants to raise awareness of the Cervical Cancer Screening Programme and the HPV Vaccination Programme which both help to prevent cervical cancer. “HPV is so common and is the leading cause of cervical cancer, the majority of women will have it at some point in their lives. The screening programme, subsequent colposcopy and therefore DYSIS are so important. I really want people to understand how easy and simple the colposcopy was, and for me it wasn’t remotely painful or uncomfortable, and it could be something that puts your mind at ease until the next smear.”
Carolyn R, USA
From having colposcopy treatments in the past, I must admit [after experiencing DYSIS], I have a greater appreciation for the extensive procedural preparation process as well as the importance of being familiar with the whole colposcopy endeavor of instant results.  Patients do need to know the internal workings of their bodies during a procedure.  It brings a certain comfort regardless of results. Overall… visual vs. straight auditory.  Visual wins.
Kim, USA
I was nervous after my Pap Smear came back abnormal again. But, having a DYSIS colposcopy exam put me at ease as I could see the results and discuss them with my Doctor immediately.
Emma, UK
After my first colposcopy appointment I was referred for a LLETZ treatment, but decided to seek a second opinion from a Doctor using DYSIS. During the procedure DYSIS produced a map of my cervix. The consultant told me that from what they could see everything looked normal, and that the map was backing up her opinion. They saw no need to even take a biopsy as everything looked so normal. A LLETZ treatment procedure would definitely not have been right for me, based upon this colposcopy and the extra information given by DYSIS.