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A colposcopy is a simple examination that is carried out in the same way as a smear test. A doctor or nurse will look at your cervix (neck of the womb) using a type of microscope called a colposcope. During the examination, a liquid or dye may be applied to the cervix to help identify any changes to the cells and to decide if any treatment is needed.
The colposcopy service in the Rotunda operates in association with 'CervicalCheck', the national cervical screening programme. It's an outpatient clinic staffed by a dedicated multidisciplinary team, led by Dr Paul Byrne, consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist.
CervicalCheck has established a network of quality assured colposcopy clinics in the event that a woman requires further investigation following a smear test. The vast majority of women screened as part of the national cervical screening programme will only require a smear test. A small minority (2-5%) of all women screened will require further investigation or treatment at a dedicated colposcopy clinic.