Pathology and Laboratory Medicine: Services
UF Health Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Jacksonville is
affiliated with the University of Florida. Services include:
- Anatomic pathology: surgical pathology, cytology
- Bone and soft tissue pathology
- Clinical core laboratory: chemistry, hematology,
coagulation, toxicology, special chemistry and urinalysis
- Flow cytometry and hematopathology:
immunophenotyping and DNA ploidy
- Microbiology and serology
- Personalized breast health and second
opinion services: fine needle aspiration, ductal lavage, risk assessment, health
education and second opinions
- Transfusion: blood bank and related compatibility testing
- Tumor analysis: immunocytochemistry, fluorescence
in situ hybridization (FISH), polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and laser capture
What to Expect
Surgical pathology studies involve tissue that is removed by a primary care physician,
a specialist or a surgeon. Cytology usually involves collection of cells using a
swab-like device. Fine-needle aspiration and ductal lavage are minimally-invasive
techniques for collecting very small tissue or fluid specimens. The physician performing
the procedure will explain what is involved.
Laboratory studies are typically requested by a physician in order to provide information
that can help diagnose or rule out an illness or to follow the progress of treatment.
Laboratory tests may require a blood or urine specimen to be collected. Depending
on the circumstances, a physician's staff may collect the specimen, or the patient
may be given a container to take home to collect a specimen or sent to the laboratory
or a blood drawing station. When the tests are completed, the referring physician
will contact the patient to discuss the results.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are pathologists?
A pathologist is a medical doctor who has spent at least four years beyond medical
school training in the specialty of pathology. Pathology is the scientific study
of diseases. Pathologists help other physicians diagnose their patients' diseases
by microscopically examining tissue and performing laboratory tests on body fluids,
such as blood and urine. When requested, pathologists also perform autopsies in
order to determine the cause of death or learn more about a disease process.
Does it hurt to have a blood specimen collected?
Blood is usually collected through a small needle inserted into a vein in the arm.
The procedure typically involves very little pain.
How much blood will be needed?
The amount of blood required depends on how many, and the types of, laboratory tests
ordered. A typical amount is one or two tablespoons.
Where can I get more information about the laboratory tests that are being performed
There are several good resources for information about clinical laboratory tests:
- Ask your doctor what the tests are for
- Ask to speak to the laboratory director or pathologist about the tests that have
been ordered by your doctor
There are also Internet resources, such as
Lab Tests Online, designed specifically to provide patient-oriented information
about clinical laboratory tests.
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