How Does Pathology Testing & Reporting Work?
Pathology testing is a vital part of diagnosing and treating illnesses, from cancer to infectious diseases. Pathologists use a variety of pathology tests to examine tissues, organs, and bodily fluids for abnormalities or diseases. In this blog post, we will help you learn about your pathology tests and reports. If you have any questions about your report, be sure to speak with your doctor!
What’s the process for getting a pathology report?
First, your doctor will order a pathology test. A pathologist is a medical doctor who specialises in diagnosing diseases by studying tissues and organs. The pathologist will then analyse the tissue or fluid sample to look for abnormalities. Finally, the pathologist will generate a report that details their findings, for your doctor’s review. Your doctor will then go through the report with you and, depending on the results, discuss any procedures or treatment plans that may be necessary.
How pathology testing is performed
In most cases, pathology testing is performed on samples of tissue or bodily fluid that are taken during a biopsy or surgery. These samples are then examined under a microscope for abnormalities.
What are the different types of pathology reports?
There are four main types of pathology reports: histology, immunohistochemistry, cytology, and molecular pathology.
- Histology reports examine tissues for abnormalities at the cellular level.
- Immunohistochemistry reports look for proteins that may be associated with disease.
- Cytology reports examine cells for abnormalities.
- Molecular pathology reports test for alterations in DNA or RNA that may be associated with disease.
How to read a pathology report
Pathology reports can be confusing to read if you are not a medical professional. However, your doctor will be able to explain the results of your pathology report and what they mean for your health. If you have any questions about your report, be sure to ask your doctor!
Are pathology tests and reports covered by Medicare?
For many people, finances are the first thing that spring to mind when pathology testing is mentioned. Thankfully, the cost of most pathology tests is covered by Medicare. Some are bulk billed, which means that you don’t have to pay anything out-of-pocket for them.
However, some may be done on private providers who require payment from patients themselves, depending on what they order in terms of services or product supplies required during treatment timeframes at their own expense.
Finding a pathologist near you
Your doctor should be able to refer you to a reliable pathologist, however a quick Google search will also bring up a vast array of qualified and experienced pathologists in your area.