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Digital Imaging Aid for Assessment of Cervical Dysplasia

This study has been terminated.
(Low accrual rate.)
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Identifier:
First received: August 2, 2007
Last updated: July 31, 2012
Last verified: July 2012

The overall objective of this study is to evaluate whether polarized or green filtered digital imaging can assist clinicians to screen for premalignant lesions in the cervix.

The specific aims of the study are:

  • To compare polarized and green filtered digital images of the cervix, to standard white light images, colposcopic evaluation and to pathologic analysis of biopsied tissue.
  • To develop algorithms to discriminate between normal and abnormal tissue based on digital images of the cervix.
  • To analyze digital images to determine which types of optical information yield the most diagnostically useful data.

Condition Intervention
Cervical Dysplasia Procedure: Digital Imaging

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Case-Only
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Pilot Study of a Digital Imaging Aid for Assessment of Cervical Dysplasia

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Further study details as provided by M.D. Anderson Cancer Center:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Evaluate whether a digital camera image can work as well as colposcopy at detecting precancerous tissue. [ Time Frame: 2 Year ]

Enrollment: 3
Study Start Date: June 2007
Study Completion Date: May 2009
Primary Completion Date: May 2009 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Groups/Cohorts Assigned Interventions
Digital Imaging Device
Patients with a diagnosis of cervical dysplasia that are scheduled for a colposcopy.
Procedure: Digital Imaging
Images of the cervix will be taken using different types of light and compared with the colposcopy procedure.

Detailed Description:

If you agree to take part in this study, digital imaging will be performed for research purposes, after your routine colposcopy of your cervix.


Reflectance (the ability of an area to reflect light) imaging helps doctors visually tell the difference between precancerous tissue, cancerous tissue, and normal tissue in the cervix. Researchers want find out whether a digital camera image can be as effective as colposcopy at screening for precancerous tissue.


You will be seen in the clinic during a routine visit. Your cervix will first be examined by the clinician using a standard white light headlamp, and the image will be recorded.

Your cervix will then be re-examined with the digital camera, which will involve the use of different types of light (standard white light, green filtered light, cross and parallel polarized light). These digital images will be taken before and after acetic acid (vinegar) is applied.

Researchers will use these images to make comparison studies with the colposcopy procedure.


Your participation will be finished on this study once your cervix has been examined with the digital camera.

This is an investigational study. Up to patients 20 will take part in this study. All will be enrolled at M. D. Anderson.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
Patients with a diagnosis of cervical dysplasia that are scheduled for a colposcopy.

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Patients 18 years or older who are referred to the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Colposcopy Clinic for colposcopy are eligible for this study.
  • Patients must sign an informed consent indicating awareness of the investigational nature of this study.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Patients who are pregnant are not eligible for this study.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00511758

United States, Texas
U.T.M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, Texas, United States, 77030
Sponsors and Collaborators
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Principal Investigator: Michele Follen, MD, PhD M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
  More Information

Additional Information:
Responsible Party: M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Identifier: NCT00511758     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 2007-0230
Study First Received: August 2, 2007
Last Updated: July 31, 2012

Keywords provided by M.D. Anderson Cancer Center:
Cervical Dysplasia
Digital Imaging

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Uterine Cervical Dysplasia
Cervical Intraepithelial Neoplasia
Pathologic Processes
Precancerous Conditions
Uterine Cervical Diseases
Uterine Diseases
Genital Diseases, Female
Carcinoma in Situ
Neoplasms, Glandular and Epithelial
Neoplasms by Histologic Type processed this record on August 22, 2017