Pathology is the study of disease. A pathologist, who is a medical doctor, looks at the causes of disease, how disease progresses, and how disease affects the body. However, instead of examining the patient physically, a pathologist examines the patient's bodily fluids and tissue samples to help the primary physician make a diagnosis. Paoli Hospital provides both anatomic and clinical pathology services.
Anatomic pathologists are primarily concerned with examining organs and tissue samples to determine the causes and effects of disease. The anatomic pathologists at Paoli Hospital use surgical pathology and cytopathology, with a strong emphasis on fine needle aspiration, to greatly enhance the detection of malignancy. They also use electron microscopy to diagnose selected surgical pathology specimens, and they conduct autopsies.
Clinical pathologists work in labs and are primarily concerned with examining bodily fluids (blood and urine, for example) to determine the causes and effects of disease. Our clinical pathologists offer a complete range of modern laboratory testing, from routine to more complex procedures, including chemical, endocrinologic, toxicologic, immunologic, flow cytometric, hematologic and microbiologic tests.
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