Anatomic Pathology is a major branch of pathology that performs diagnostic evaluations on patient material. Whereas laboratory medicine typically performs analysis on blood or other fluids from patients, anatomic pathology performs evaluations of tissue specimens, which can range from cervical scrapings (i.e., PAP smears) through breast biopsies, surgical resections, up to whole body evaluations at autopsy.
Anatomic Pathology has three major divisions:
- Surgical Pathology
- and Autopsy Pathology
These are supported by a number of specialized laboratories that provide histology, immunohistochemistry, electron microscopy, and molecular pathology services.