liquid-based cytology

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(LBC) a relatively new technology intended to improve the detection of cytological abnormalities, which has been heralded as a way forward for cervical screening. It involves thin-layer cytology based on a liquid sample and lends itself to automation. LBC provides uniformly well-fixed preparations that are free of inflammatory exudate and blood and seem easier to screen than conventional (Pap) cervical smears. However, it is expensive in terms of equipment, capital costs, maintenance, consumables, training, technical preparation time, transportation, and disposal of liquid media.

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