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What is Anatomic Pathology and who is the Pathologist?
Pathology is a medical specialty involving the examination of tissues under a microscope. Pathologists are medical doctors who complete a 5 year residency for pathology. The pathologist is trained to visually identify and diagnose hundreds of diseases including cancer. A detailed pathology report is written containing both a macroscopic and microscopic description. The macroscopic description is referred to as the “gross” description. This involves inspection of the tissue upon its arrival to the laboratory. It is weighed, measured and its’ characteristics are described as it is seen with the naked eye. The microscopic description includes the diagnosis and any special details the pathologist sees on the microscope slide of the cellular material. Your physician uses this report to determine treatment which may be necessary for your health.