Friday, April 3, 2009


Histopathology is the branch of science concerned with the study of microscopic changes in diseased tissues. Most often, biopsy samples of abnormal tissue are submitted for histopathology to determine the presence or absence of disease and, if present, the type and severity of the disease. Medical Laboratory Technologists are expected to understand normal tissue histology and their functions as well as the morphology of the tissue after manifestation of pathology. They should also recognize the significance of each type of abnormality.

In addition to the theoretical knowledge, the Medical Laboratory Technologists are also required to be proficient in their laboratory skills such as mastering the usage of different techniques and procedures and knowing what types of fixatives and dyes are suited for use in different samples. Of equal importance, they should also be well-versed in matters of lab safety and quality control procedures. This equips the Medical Laboratory Technologists with knowledge and technical know how in preparing tissue section using appropriate microtome and special staining technique to stain tissues for their various contents like mucin, microorganism, glycogen, collagen, muscle and others.

Main Reference Textbook :
Bancroft JD, Gamble M. Theory and Practice of Histological Techniques. 5th Edition. Chruchill Livingstone: New York. 2002.

Additional Reference Materials:
Basic Histopathology, a colour atlas and text, 4th Edition Weather, 2003, Churchill & Livingstone

Pathologic Basic of Disease 7th ed, Robbins & Cotran, Elsevier

No comments: