Surgical Pathology Services

Surgical pathology is that part of anatomic pathology concerned with the study of tissue and organ samples removed from patients - either by biopsy or through surgical procedure - in an attempt to obtain diagnosis of a lesion or disease.

The pathologist is therefore able to advise the attending physician as to the nature of the disease, the prognosis and the need for additional sampling or exploration.

Specimens are processed through three areas at Peterson Laboratory -- gross examination, slide processing and special staining. Frozen sections are processed onsite by a pathologist using a cryostat instrument. More than 12,000 surgical pathology cases are processed and interpreted by Peterson staff each year.

All Peterson Laboratory pathologists are Board-Certified by the American Board of Pathology.