On June 28, 2019, the Ministry of Health signed a decision allowing Hanoi Obstetrics and Gynecology Hospital to pilot the new method in medical examination and treatment. The hospital had organized the pilot program “Application of TruScreen Opto-Electrical technique in cervical cancer detection” on 1,000 women from August 13 to November 13, 2019. When participating in the program, there were 2 steps:
– Screening with TruScreen Opto-Electrical technique to detect cervical cancer
– Taking a PAP Smear test to detect cervical cancer early.
Cervical cancer screening with TruScreen Opto-Electrical technique is a new method and is applied for the first time in Vietnam. MSc MD Nguyen Canh Chuong, Director of the Training and Direction of Healthcare Activities Center, said that the TruScreen system is a mobile device with a Hand Held Device Tip gently touches the surface of the cervix to directly identify precancerous or cancerous cells in the epithelium. This device uses low voltage and multi-wavelength optical beams to examine the cervix.
MSc MD Nguyen Canh Chuong also stated that: Unlike cervical cytology (Pap), TruScreen does not take tissue samples for testing, which minimizes discomfort and pain for patients, thus patients more likely to come back for the follow-up. In addition, currently applied techniques for cervical cancer screening have results after a week, however, this new technique will give immediate results in just a few minutes. I can see this method is very easy to use and convenient to deploy on a large scale population.
The TruScreen ULTRA cervical cancer screening device has received EC certified and is used throughout Europe. This device is currently available and applied in 17 countries around the world such as Australia, UK, Russia, China, Poland, India, Ukraine, Mexico…
Newspapers reported on the TruScreen technology pilot program at Hanoi Obstetrics and Gynecology Hospital: