What is Pathology?
Pathology deals with what causes disease and what effects disease has on our overall wellbeing.
Pathology helps us to detect disease before it can get any worse and also helps us to prevent many illnesses through diagnostic testing. By testing what is happening in our bodies pathologists can tell if you are at risk for getting a certain disease, if you have a disease and can also monitor the progress of the medication you’re taking. They do this by looking for any changes in tissues, blood or other bodily fluids that we may not be able to see ourselves. Pathology helps us to keep track of our health and take control of our wellbeing.
Pathology plays a vital role not only in the medical field but can also tell us about the wellbeing of agriculture by testing soil, water and animals.
Pathologists are medical doctors specialised in various fields of pathology.
You need pathology services to:
- Keep a routine check on your overall health and wellbeing.
- Catch any disease early so that you can treat conditions and prevent them from progressing.
- Screen for a particular disease especially if you have a predisposed risk based on age or family history.
- Provide information needed for insurance policies and as required by employers.
- Check up on an existing condition and to see how effective the treatment is.
- Prevent the spread of disease.
- Check the health of your pets or livestock.
- Assess the wellbeing of certain pieces of land or crops to make agriculture more effective.
- Ensure that the water we use is actually safe for its intended purpose.
You are in the hands of a good pathology service when:
- The needles used come from a sealed package.
- The sample that is taken from you is immediately sealed and labelled.
- They explain to you what is happening every step of the process, tell you what you are being tested Tor and answer any questions you may have.
- They are interested in you as a person and want to know your medical history.
- The results come back in good time and with a full report.
- They take you through the pathology report to make sure you understand exactly what it is telling you.
- They are happy to show you their accreditation.
What happens when I need to have some tests done?
Going to the pathology lab for the first time to have some tests done is not as scary as it sounds. To help you feel more comfortable, here is what you can expect.
- When you make an appointment to have tests done either with your doctor or at one of our Pathcare labs, you will be advised on what you need to do before you come in.
- You may be told not to eat for a number of hours before your test. This is to make sure that the test is accurate.
- You will be asked to fill in a form before you have your tests done. Be sure to fill this in as accurately as you can. It is important for the pathologist to understand your medical history and to have all your correct details such as your biodata, contact details, last menstrual period and so on.
- When you come in for the tests, your doctor or phlebotomists (trained blood sample collectors) will need to take samples from you; this could either be blood, body tissue or other body fluids like saliva depending on the test.
- The phlebotomist will use a sterilized needle and will wear latex gloves while taking samples from you.
- These samples will then be sealed, labeled and sent to the laboratory where they will be tested.
- When the results come back, your pathologist or doctor will discuss the test results with you and explain what they mean.
- Sometimes the test may come back inconclusive. This only means that further or repeat investiTgation is needed.
- Remember, having tests done has minimal risk for you. If you are unsure of anything, you are welcome to ask.
How PathCare Laboratories offers consistent reliable testing
Every sample has a limited viablility period. Pathcare has laboratories in over 15 locations so that we can offer fast and reliable testing.
Environmental conditions can affect the viability of a sample. We make sure our samples are transported and stored using the proper procedures and containers. And as such delays in getting samples to the lab can expose them to excessive temperatures.
PathCare Laboratories offers the widest range of tests right here in the country.