Pathology is a medical specialty that focuses on determining the cause and nature of diseases. By examining and testing body tissues (e.g. biopsies, pap smears) and fluids (e.g. blood, urine) pathology helps doctors diagnose and treat patients correctly.
Only moments after birth every Australian newborn receives a heel prick test that screens for serious genetic conditions. Throughout childhood, adulthood and old age, pathology continues to help prevent, diagnose and treat infections, allergies, chronic diseases, cancer and countless other medical conditions. Without pathology, the high standard of Australian medicine would be impossible.
Pathology services are an essential part of almost all aspects of a person’s healthcare