Use of smartphones for the detection of uterine cervical cancer: A systematic review

Denisse Champin, Max Carlos Ramírez-Soto, Javier Vargas-Herrera

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Abstract

Little is known regarding the usefulness of the smartphone in the detection of uterine cervical lesions or uterine cervical cancer. Therefore, we evaluated the usefulness of the smartphone in the detection of uterine cervical lesions and measured its diagnostic accuracy by comparing its findings with histological findings. We conducted a systematic review to identify studies on the usefulness of the smartphone in detecting uterine cervical lesions indexed in SCOPUS, MEDLINE/PubMed, Cochrane, OVID, Web of Science, and SciELO until November 2020. The risk of bias and applicability was assessed using the Quality Assessment of Diagnostic Accuracy Studies-2 tool. A total of 16 studies that evaluated the usefulness of the smartphone in the detection of uterine cervical lesions based on the images clicked after visual inspection with acetic acid (VIA), Lugol’s iodine (VILI), or VIA/VILI combination were included in the study. Five studies estimated diagnostic sensitivity and specificity, nine described diagnostic concordance, and five described the usefulness of mobile tech-nology. Among the five first studies, the sensitivity ranged between 66.7% (95% confidence interval (CI); 30.0–90.3%) and 94.1% (95% CI; 81.6–98.3%), and the specificity ranged between 24.0% (95% CI; 9.0–45.0%) and 85.7% (95% CI; 76.7–91.6%). The risk of bias was low (20%), and the applicability was high. In conclusion, the smartphone images clicked after a VIA were found to be more sensitive than those following the VILI method or the VIA/VILI combination and naked-eye techniques in detecting uterine cervical lesions. Thus, a smartphone may be useful in the detection of uterine cervical lesions; however, its sensitivity and specificity are still limited.

Original languageEnglish
Article number6047
JournalCancers
Volume13
Issue number23
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2021

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Funding: This study was supported by Universidad Tecnológica del Peru, Lima, Peru (P-2020-LIM-02. UTP).

Funding Information:
This study was supported by Universidad Tecnol?gica del Peru, Lima, Peru (P-2020-LIM-02. UTP).

Publisher Copyright:
© 2021 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland.

Keywords

  • Cervical cancer
  • Colposcopy
  • Smartphone
  • Visual inspection with Lugol’s iodine
  • Visual inspection with acetic acid

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