Pathology testing involves many people working together to achieve an end result. Your sample can go to one or more specialist labs and be seen by specialist pathologists and scientists working with different types of sophisticated lab instruments. Often results are required as a matter of urgency. It goes without saying that safety and quality control procedures are critical.
It’s perhaps no surprise that pathology is one of the most regulated areas of medicine with multiple processes in place to ensure that laboratories produce sustainably reliable and accurate results. The federal government, professional organisations and individual laboratories themselves all play a part in ensuring quality standards are maintained.