Clinical and Consult Work
Surgical pathologists make their diagnoses by looking at tissues removed from patients’ bodies under the microscope. Most complicated diseases require additional tests such as Immunohistochemistry or molecular pathology where the tissues are tested for the presence of specific proteins or genetic changes. The later techniques also provide information regarding how the disease may progress or the drugs it may respond to in some instances. The science and art involved in diagnosis of disease is analogous to reading a book in foreign language and providing a succinct and accurate translation in a universal language understood by all. Immersive and focused clinical and pathology training as well as experience are critical for accuracy and capturing clinically significant nuances.
The department of Tissue Pathology and Diagnostic Oncology provides diagnostic histology, cytology and intra-operative consultative services on approximately 50,000-55,000 specimens annually. A large number of both pathologist initiated as well as multidisciplinary team initiated complex cases are also received in the department for 2nd opinion.
The department also has one of the largest fluorescent in situ hybridization (FISH) services in Australia and has validated nearly 30 probes useful in the diagnosis of challenging soft tissue, head and neck, haematolymphoid, urologic malignancies and melanoma.
The following subspecialty expertise is available in the department: