What is Pathology?
Pathology is a branch of medicine dedicated to studying the nature of disease and its causes, processes, development and consequences. Pathologists assist other physicians in helping to determine what particular disease or condition is affecting the patient and how best to treat it. They do this by studying, either grossly (with the naked eye) or under a microscope, the materials making up bodily tissues, organs, skin, blood and other fluids, which is referred to as anatomic pathology, or through laboratory analysis of blood urine and other fluids, which is referred to as clinical pathology. Pathology may be further subdivided into subspecialty categories, such as dermatopathology, which focuses on the skin, or hematopathology, the study of blood.
The video below briefly illustrates this field of medicine.
What role do pathologists play in caring for me?
Information provided by the pathologist is critical to helping your doctor decide how best to proceed with your treatment. Often, your doctor has a strong sense of what your condition may be, but the pathologist can confirm that and narrow down the exact condition for him or her, allowing for the best treatment possible.
Why Pathology Consultants of Central Virginia?
Pathology Consultants of Central Virginia has served this area for over 35 years as a closely knit team that arranges the workflow so that they can share cases and consult freely with one another. This results in diagnoses that are the products of several pathologists’ insight and a quality assurance technique that provides for the greatest possible accuracy. Our pathologists are as well trained as any in the area and come from some of the leading pathology education centers in the nation. We invite you to review our individual qualifications on our Doctors page.
Why have I gotten a bill from Pathology?
If you receive a bill from Pathology Consultants of Central Virginia, it is for the preparation and interpretation of samples referred by your doctor to help with your diagnosis and treatment. Even if you are not ill, samples may be sent to Pathology to confirm your health.
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