Chemical Pathology deals with the entire range of disease. It encompasses detecting changes in a wide range of substances in blood and body fluids in association with many diseases. It involves detecting and measuring tumour) markers, hormones, poisons and therapeutic and illicit drugs. The largest part of a Chemical Pathologist's day is typically spent in clinical liaison - advising clinicians about the appropriate tests for the investigation of a particular clinical problem, the interpretation of results and follow-up, and the effect of interferences. Evaluation of new technologies and the development of new tests is an ongoing process. (RCPI – November 2013)

Faculty of Pathology, RCPI

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