How does the surgical or clinical specimen biopsy become a part of the patient’s chart as a pathology report? Many steps are involved in the specimen diagnosis process.
After the biopsy is taken, the pathologist or pathologist assistant selects a representative section(s) of the tissue to be made into slides which are examined under the microscope by one of our pathologists and the pathologist interprets the cells to render the diagnosis. This diagnosis by the pathologist is essential to assist the clinician in a choice of therapy.
The laboratory histology technicians have a large responsibility in preparation of the patient specimen slides. Each step in our specimen process will show specific tissue characteristics and these characteristics must be identified independently for accurate diagnosis.
The steps for slide production involve:
The responsibilities involved in this process require experience, knowledge, and sound judgment. Proper quality control in each step of the process is mandatory for exact patient identification and an accurate and quality diagnosis.