Anatomical Pathology

Macroscopic Cut-Up Manual

This manual has been published to support qualified staff in accredited Anatomical Pathology laboratorieswith macroscopic cut-up procedures and reporting. 

Protocols for the range of specimens processed in diagnostic pathology laboratories have been included. Detailed illustrations and a number of instructive videos are also provided. General laboratory information is also provided. Dictation templates are included in every specimen protocol.

See versions page for detail on releases and amendments.

Authors: Dr Simon Kinga, Margaret Dimechb with the support of the Project Steering Committeec, and many contributorsd from the RCPA including Expert Groups of the Structured Reporting of Cancer Projecte.

Original illustrations: Marcus Cremonesef

Photographs: S. King, M. Dimech, H-S Yoon, P. Kumarasinghe, B. de Boer F. Bonar and A. Thomas.

Videos: M. Heap and G. Miller, Audio Advice g, L. Hughes, L. Rassam, A. Charlton, S. Arbuckle, B. Scurry, S. King and M. Dimech.

Citing this reference: King S, Dimech M. Anatomical Pathology Macroscopic Cut-up Manual,  Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia, Surry Hills NSW, 2015 [updated 11 Dec 2015]. Available from:
Illustrations on this page are reproductions from Gray's Anatomy 2 now in the public domain (copyright has expired).

An initiative of the RCPA Specialist Training Project with funding from the Department of Health.

1. National Pathology Accreditation Advisory Council (NPAAC). Requirements for Medical Pathology Services. Canberra: Australian Government, Department of Health; 2013.

2. Gray H. Gray's Anatomy. Lea & Febiger, New York, 1918.