Sunday, January 26, 2020

Welcome To Great Lakes Pathologists

What exactly is a pathologist?

A pathologist is a consulting physician who specializes in the study of tissue and cells (Anatomic Pathology) and blood or other body fluids (Clinical Pathology). Even though your pathologist is involved in caring for you, you will probably never see him or her. Pathologists work behind the scenes providing diagnostic information to your doctor.

What's the role of a Pathologist?

An Anatomic Pathologist:
  • Examines tissue obtained by a biopsy or other surgical procedures.
  • Evaluates the tissue for indications of disease.
  • Communicates and consults with your doctor regarding the nature and prognosis of specific diseases.
  • Develops new and enhanced laboratory procedures to ensure more accurate and timely diagnosis.
  • Monitors the quality of test results generated by other members of the laboratory team (e.g. cytotechnologists-Pap smears).

A Clinical Pathologist:

  • Monitors all laboratory testing to ensure your test results are accurate and timely.
  • Examines specific blood and other body fluids as necessary.
  • Communicates with your doctor regarding unexpected or abnormal laboratory results as necessary.
  • Is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to consult with your doctor as needed.
  • Develops new and enhanced laboratory procedures to better monitor blood and other body fluids for disease processes.
  • Implements improved more cost-effective procedures and tests.
  • Educates doctors and other healthcare professionals about new tests and best use of all tests.

Clinical Pathology Tests:

Hematology Test - determines the type and number of blood cells (e.g. white blood cell count).
Coagulation Test - determines the blood's ability to clot (e.g. prothrombin time).
Chemistry Test - determines the chemical make-up of blood (e.g. cholesterol level).
Microbiological Test - determines the presence of bacteria or other organisms in blood, other body fluids, or tissue (e.g. throat cultures).
Blood Bank - determines the appropriate blood units and components to be used in a transfusion.


Interested in learning more, visit My Biopsy.