Digital colposcopy: ready for use? An overview of literature

BJOG. 2009 Jan;116(2):220-9. doi: 10.1111/j.1471-0528.2008.02047.x.


The aims of this review were to summarise the various methods of digital colposcopy and to provide an overview of their efficacy. We conducted a literature search and focused on papers that described a technique for colposcopy, other than conventional colposcopy, and compared this with conventional colposcopy and/or histology and included digitalisation of the process. All papers have been classified in one of the following categories: digital imaging and telecolposcopy, spectroscopy, computerised colposcopy, optical coherence tomography and confocal microcolposcopy. Among the most promising developments is spectroscopy, allowing a more or less automated analysis and interpretation of the colposcopic image.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Colposcopes
  • Colposcopy / methods*
  • Equipment Design
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Image Enhancement*
  • Image Interpretation, Computer-Assisted*
  • Microscopy, Confocal
  • Spectrum Analysis
  • Telemedicine / methods
  • Tomography, Optical Coherence