The main purpose of this Manual is to provide useful guidelines for the selection of pathology tests and to facilitate interpretation of results.
Contains a comprehensive listing of all genes from the Human Gene Nomenclature Committee (HGNC) database alongside laboratories and tests available in the country.
A manual for the process of macroscopic dissection in Anatomical Pathology laboratories.
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Fresh tissue transported immediately to the laboratory.
Clinical inflammation is essential and ideally laboratory staff should be consulted prior to specimen submission.
Fresh tissue is examined upon arrival in the laboratory.
Suitable sections are taken, frozen and sectioned in a freezing microtome.
Following staining sections are examined by a pathologist and, where appropriate, the diagnosis is immediately conveyed to the operating surgeon.
Intra-operative diagnosis is usual to confirm or exclude malignancy or for identification of normal tissue (parathyroid gland, lymph node) in order to inform subsequent surgical management.
Frozen sections may also be used to examine tissue from the surgical margins for completeness of excision.
Examination of fresh tissue may permit selection of appropriate ancillary investigations, such as EM, IF or IH.
Assessment and diagnosis by pathologist.
Tissues are then usually fixed for routine processing.
Taxy JB et. al. Biopsy Interpretation: The frozen section. 1st ed 2009. Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins.
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Its mission is to train and support pathologists and senior scientists and to improve the use of pathology testing to achieve better healthcare.
The annual scientific meeting for the RCPA which covers the scientific disciplines of Anatomical, Chemical, Forensic, Genetic, General, Haematology, Immunopathology and Microbiology.
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