There are two predominant professions working in the area of pathology;
- Pathologists (specialist medical practitioners)
- Scientists (including medical scientists, clinical scientists such as in genetics, and clinical biochemists)
Pathologists and scientists study the cause of disease and the ways in which diseases affect our bodies by examining changes in body tissues, blood and other body fluids. Sampling, testing and analysing body tissues, blood and other body fluids contributes to health and disease through;
- detection of potential to develop a disease,
- diagnosis of disease/condition,
- identification of cause or severity of disease
- monitoring disease progression
- monitoring the effects of treatment.
The five major areas of activity: chemical pathology, haematology, histopathology, immunology and microbiology.
For more information on the five specialities please click on the links below