We are a specialist unit for musculoskeletal pathology including bone and soft tissue tumours, joint disease and metabolic bone disease. Other pathology tests are performed at other specialist laboratories at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust.
What is Pathology?
Pathology is the study of disease, its causes and progression. Nearly every patient in the NHS has had dealings with pathology services at some point. Every time you give a blood, stool, urine or tissue sample, it is analysed by a pathologist or pathology scientist known as a biomedical or clinical scientist, depending on their skills and qualifications.
Pathologists look for abnormalities within samples, but quite often these tests are performed to confirm everything is okay. Through preventative screenings, tests can help with the early detection of potentially fatal conditions.
Pathology also plays a major role in research, such as finding treatments for cancer and inherited conditions, developing vaccines against infectious diseases, or ensuring that blood transfusions are safe.