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Womens Health & Our Technology

BD FocalPoint™ GS Imaging System Intelligent Pap Imaging™

The BD FocalPoint™ GS Imaging System combines the automated screening capability of the BD FocalPoint™ Slide Profiler (formerly the AutoPap Primary Screening System) with the precision field location capability of the BD FocalPoint™ GS Review Station. It is intended to assist in cervical cancer screening of BD SurePath™ Pap Test slides to detect evidence of Squamous carcinoma, adenocarcinoma and their precursor conditions.

  • The BD FocalPoint™ GS Imaging System includes screening algorithms for over 100 object analysis features, including both squamous and glandular algorithms to determine potential abnormality
  • Slides will be ranked according to the likelihood of abnormality, and provide relocation and visual review of up to 10 fields of view (FOVs) most likely to contain abnormal cells.
  • System identifies at least 15% of all successfully processed slides with the BD FocalPoint™ Slide Profiler Directed QC Technology™ for a directed QC re-screen.

 Roche cobas® 4800 System and HPV Test

A qualitative multiplex assay that provides specific genotyping information for HPV Types 16 and 18, while concurrently detecting the other 12 high-risk HPV types in a pooled result. ß-globin from cellular input is used as an internal control to assess specimen quality and identify specimens containing factors that inhibit the amplification process. This assay is automated on the cobas® 4800 System.

  • Engineered for Peace of Mind
  • Simultaneously detects 14 high-risk HPV types and provides specific genotyping information for HPV Type 16 and 18
  • Fully automated sample preparation with real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) technology for amplification and detection
  • FDA approved

Be Healthy (tips and tricks)

Sip Oolong Tea

Research suggests that people with mild eczema who drink oolong tea three times a day may show improvement in itching and other symptoms. Compounds in the tea called polyphenols appear to be responsible.

Go Herbal

For varicose veins, try horse chestnut, an herbal extract that's been shown in studies to strengthen veins and reduce swelling. The herb is also available in topical creams, though there's not as much evidence for these.

Rub Your Temples

Tame tension headaches by rubbing peppermint oil, Tiger Balm, or white flower oil into your temples. All three remedies contain menthol, which has analgesic properties.

Enjoy Ginger

The volatile oils in ginger have long made it a useful herbal remedy for nasal and chest congestion. Pour 2 cups of boiling water over a 1-inch piece of peeled, grated ginger; steep for 10 minutes; and strain. Add a pinch or two of cayenne pepper to the water and drink as needed.

Get a Good Pair of Sneakers

Is your energy lagging? Though it may be the last thing you feel like doing when you're tired, exercise -- even a brisk walk -- can be more effective than a nap or cup of coffee at fighting fatigue.

Embrace Bitters

Combat a yen for sugar by following a Chinese medicine approach: Eat foods such as endive, radicchio, cooked greens, and olives.

Go Fish

If you suffer from dry eyes, up your seafood intake. Salmon, sardines, and mackerel contain omega-3 fatty acids, which the body uses to produce tears, among other things. Research suggests that people who consume higher amounts of these fats are less likely to have dry eyes.

Benefit From Bilberry

Studies are mixed, but some have found that bilberry, a relative of the blueberry, may improve night vision. During World War II, fighter pilots reported better night vision after eating bilberry jam. Take 25 to 50 milligrams of bilberry extract; expect best results within the first few hours.

Eat Bananas

People whose diets are rich in potassium may be less prone to high blood pressure. Besides reducing sodium and taking other heart-healthy steps, eat potassium-packed picks such as bananas, cantaloupe, and oranges.

Go for Garlic

Adding raw or lightly cooked garlic and onions to your meals may help keep you healthy this winter. Both foods appear to possess antiviral and antibacterial properties and are believed to boost immunity.

Make Small Talk

Engaging in casual conversation with others may help keep you as sharp as doing a word puzzle, according to some studies. Just 10 minutes of daily chatter appears to improve mental function and preserve memory

Befriend a Bottle

For heel and arch pain, try stretching your foot by rolling it over a rolling pin or a bottle.

Go for GLA

If you've ruled out other causes of hair loss, such as stress, overuse of hair-care products, and certain medications and diseases such as hypothyroidism, consider supplementing with evening primrose oil. It's a good source of gamma-linolenic acid, an essential fatty acid that's needed for hair growth and is hard to get from your diet. Experts recommend taking 500 milligrams twice a day; expect to wait eight weeks to see results.


To treat an acute migraine, drink a full glass of water -- dehydration can trigger headaches. Even if you need to take a medication for the pain, try wrapping your head with an Ace bandage so that it covers your eyes, then lie down and breathe deeply. This often helps the pain pass more quickly.

(tips retrieved from, they were not written nor are owned by Pathology Associates. We are in no way stating these tips are from physicians or that they are recommended for everyone. Consult with your physician before following any of the above tips, especially if you are a minor (read our service agreement), pregnant, nursing, or taking medication(s).)