Cellular sciences

Cells are often called the 'building blocks of life' and most are only visible under a microscope.

If you work in cellular science, you’ll be a member of the healthcare science team analysing cells in order to identify abnormalities and to interpret what this means for people who are ill.


Working life

You may study tissues and fluids with a microscope to diagnose and help guide treatment. These investigations could include the examination of preparations made from fluids such as:

FNA is an important technique used as a rapid method to determine if a solid lump of tissue is benign or malignant. By extracting some cells from the lump using a syringe and needle, and then examining these under a microscope, healthcare science staff can look for the presence of abnormalities and make a diagnosis.

The use of a fine needle is less painful for the patient and less invasive than a biopsy and it is possible in many instances for a diagnosis to be made in the clinic so that appropriate treatment can be planned at the time, speeding up the treatment that the patient receives.

Who would I work with?

You’ll work as part of a team that includes other healthcare science staff working in the life sciences (including biomedical scientists) and doctors, especially those specialising in pathology.

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