INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — IU Health is welcoming two state-of-the-art pieces of equipment in hopes of fighting cervical cancer in patients. The second of those two machines arrived just this month, which also happens to be Cervical Cancer Awareness Month.
Daybreak’s Nina Criscuolo got a behind-the-scenes look at it in the IU Health Pathology Lab. Leaders there say it means a lot more information for women, with just one standard screening.
Doctors say cervical cancer is preventable and about 70 percent of cases are caused by high-risk strains of HPV or human papillomavirus. The new machine at IU Health nicknamed Bam Bam, was the first in the country. Now the only other place with one is Yale University. It allows IU Health to streamline the three-part cervical cancer screening process.
Women can now get a typical annual pap-smear and, without any additional requests or screening from their doctor, receive a pap test result, know their current HPV status, and find out if they carry a high-risk HPV strain through genotyping.
“We wanted to be cognizant of the time that patients spend at the physician’s office. We want to make sure the physicians are seeing the…