PTPG pathologists consult with your doctor on a variety of pathology and laboratory tests that examine either your tissue (i.e., biopsy) or your blood and other body fluids (i.e., urine). These tests help to provide vital information that aids your doctor in diagnosing an illness, determining the appropriate treatment and following the course of that treatment.
Some of the basic tests include:
- Hematology – determines the type and number of blood cells (i.e., white blood cell count).
- Coagulation – determines the blood’s ability to clot (i.e., prothrombin time).
- Chemistry – determines the chemical makeup of blood (i.e., cholesterol level).
- Microbiology – determines the presence of bacteria or other organisms in blood, other body fluids or tissue (i.e., throat cultures).
- Transfusion Medicine – determines the appropriate blood units and components to be used in a transfusion.