Medical Q&As

Colposcopy - what is it?

Can you tell me about colposcopy?

A colposcope is a special device that is used for examining the cervix or neck of the womb. The device permits illuminated low power magnification of the cervix, which enables the doctor to closely inspect the surface of the cervix. It is also possible to take a photograph of the cervix with the aid of the colposcope and this allows the doctor to compare and contrast subsequent pictures with the original. Its principal use is in the diagnosis and monitoring of carcinoma of the cervix. The procedure can be conducted in the outpatient’s department and does not require an anaesthetic or sedation since it is a painless examination. Essentially a colposcope is a very elaborate magnifying glass.