The Pathology Laboratory's anatomic
pathology services include biopsies, cytology cases, pap smears, frozen
sections and fine needle aspirations. The Pathology Laboratory currently offers
two types of pap testing. Pap tests are a very important screening test for
cervical cancer. The Pap test can detect abnormal cells early in the disease
process, even if an individual has not had any symptoms. We offer both the
conventional traditional Pap smear and the new liquid based Thin Prep Pap test.
Both tests are very effective in detecting abnormal cells, and patients have
the option as to which test they would like to receive at their physician’s
The Pathology Laboratory also offers a Fine Needle
Aspiration (FNA) service, as an alternative to the traditional biopsy. The FNA
is relatively painless, fast, and inexpensive. This method is applicable to
palpable lesions, such as lesions of the breast, thyroid, lymph nodes as well
as pediatric lesions. A diagnosis is usually rendered within minutes rather
than days. This service can be provided in our laboratory or at another
location by special request.
A properly trained Cytology Department is an
important aspect of any pathology laboratory. Body fluids such as urine, spinal
fluids, pleural and cyst fluids are processed and subject to a vast selection
of standard and specialty staining processes. Upon conclusion of such studies,
one is able to confirm or rule out a variety of major medical conditions
without invasive procedures. We have two certified cytotechnologists and a
physician’s assistant, as well as a fully staffed histology department with
extensive special stains capabilities.
We offer a wide range of in-house
testing to include thyroid, anemia, tumor markers (including CA125), fertility
testing, PSA, not to mention numerous other tests such as obstetrical and
gynecological laboratory services and HIV testing.
The College of American Pathologists and Department of Health and Hospitals
inspect the Clinical Laboratory on a regular basis. Our staff consists of state
and nationally certified Medical Technologists, Medical technicians, certified
phlebotomists, and support services staff (couriers and secretaries).
Expensive high-tech instruments are used to process
high volume testing within The Pathology Laboratory. The departments within the
Clinical Laboratory are Hematology, Serology, Urinalysis, Coagulation,
Chemistry, Special Chemistry, Toxicology, Microbiology, and Parasitology. Most
specimens are processed within hours and results are delivered via fax, phone,
or couriers to the referring physicians.
Our State Certified Drug Screening Laboratory offers
confidential, on-site collection, reliability, turn-around-time within hours,
and personalized service. We also have a Medical Review Officer on staff. For
those tests that we are unable to complete, we have an established relationship
with Specialty Laboratories, Quest Diagnostics, Lab Corp, Promethius and
Our laboratory uses state of the art equipment and
qualified medical technical personnel. We are pleased to offer our expertise
and experience to meet the needs of our community.