Histopathology (healthcare scientist)

Histopathology comes from the Greek word 'histos' meaning tissue.

If you work in histopathology, you’ll be involved in the microscopic examination of tissue samples.

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Working life

You’ll receive, dissect and prepare tissues for examination and diagnosis to reveal the structure of tissues and cells. This enables clinicians to see what the likely course and outcome of a disease such as cancer will be.

You’ll work in a laboratory setting as a clinical scientist, where you’ll use traditional chemical stains, immunological procedures and, increasingly, new molecular specialist techniques, to help distinguish healthy tissue from abnormal tissue, cells and infective agents.

Who will I work with?

You’ll discuss the results you find with other healthcare science staff and medically qualified histopathologists (doctors).

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