Histopathology is primarily concerned with the microscopic examination of tissues taken, either as biopsy samples (e.g. gastric biopsies) or resection specimens (e.g. mastectomy). These tissues are assessed macroscopically and material taken for microscopic examination for the purpose of diagnosis, prognosis and directing appropriate treatment. There is a significant component of cytology which is the microscopic assessment of preparations of cells as aspirated or obtained from body tissues. Patient management related clinical liaisons via regular (daily) multidisciplinary meetings are extensive, but direct patient contact is of a limited nature. (NHS Careers – November 2013)

Faculty of Pathology, RCPI

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