Pathology Associates
2904 Westcorp Blvd., Suite 107
Huntsville, Alabama 35805

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Phone: (256) 533-1480
Fax: (256) 533-4158


Laboratory Services

Pathology is literally the study of disease.  Pathology is divided into two broad subspecialties, anatomic pathology and clinical pathology. In anatomic pathology, tissues are examined to render a diagnosis; in clinical pathology, blood and fluid specimens are evaluated.  Surgical pathology is a large part of our practice at Pathology Associates; if you have a biopsy or excision of an abnormal area, polyp, lump, or tumor, the specimen is sent to us for examination.  We carefully scrutinize the gross specimen and weigh, measure, and describe the specimen and findings, and tissue samples are submitted for histologic examination.  After special processing of the tissue to preserve and stabilize it, our histotechnologists cut extremely thin sections of the tissue, which are then stained and mounted a glass slides so that the tissue can be looked at under a microscope by a pathologist.  The pathologist then uses the information from the gross examination and what he or she sees under the microscope to arrive at a diagnosis, using additional special stains if needed, and formulates a report that contains the diagnosis and other information which your doctor will use in your treatment. Another branch of anatomic pathology is autopsy pathology (post mortem examination).  The broad areas of clinical pathology entails pathologist oversight of clinical laboratories, encompassing such disciplines as clinical chemistry, hematology, microbiology, serology, and blood banking.  Hematopathology is a subspecialty area of pathology which includes elements of both anatomic and clinical pathology, for diagnosis of tumors and abnormalities of lymph nodes, blood, and bone marrow. 

Breast Pathology
Perhaps nothing is more anxiety-provoking for a woman than to be told she has a breast mass or an abnormal mammogram and should have a biopsy. Breast pathology encompasses examination of core biopsy, lumpectomy, and mastectomy specimens from pat..
Clinical Laboratory Medicine
All of our pathologists are board certified in at least both anatomic and clinical pathology. The latter refers to the evaluation of disease through laboratory testing in areas such as clinical chemistry, microbiology, hematology, blood bank..
Cytopathology is the study of cells to detect diseases. The usual procedure is to obtain a sample, to fix it on a glass slide, treat it with various dyes and inspect it under a microscope. Differential staining allows identification of the ..
Dermatopathology is the classification and diagnosis of skin disorders. Accurate diagnosis of skin disease requires specialized training, access to numerous ancillary studies, and a close working relationship with our clinical colleagues. Pa..
Endocrine Pathology
Endocrine pathology is the subspecialty of surgical pathology which deals with the diagnosis and characterization of neoplastic and non-neoplastic diseases of organs of the endocrine system, including the thyroid, parathyroids, exocrine pancreas,..
Flow Cytometry
Flow Cytometry is a laser-based, biophysical technology employed in cell counting, cell sorting, biomarker detection and protein engineering, by suspending cells in a stream of fluid and passing them by an electronic detection apparatus. It allow..