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Laboratory Testing Capabilities

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At Baystate Reference Laboratories, we offer a wide range of pathology testing, including:

  • Anatomic pathology: The study of biopsied body tissue and cells to detect and diagnose diseases or abnormalities
  • Autopsy services: A dissection exam that determines the cause of death in a deceased individual
  • Blood donor services: Coordination of blood donation and collection
  • Chemistry/endocrinology: Study of diseases that affect the endocrine system, including the thyroid, pancreas, adrenal glands, and parathyroids
  • Clinical pathology: The study of body fluids, urine, and blood samples to diagnose, treat, and prevent disease
  • Cytopathology: The study of cells from body fluids or secretions as well as from fine need aspiration of a tumor mass or organ — includes Pap tests and aspiration of breast tumors
  • Dermatopathology: A subspecialty of dermatology and pathology that diagnoses skin diseases and conditions
  • Electron microscopy: The use of a special kind of microscope to create images of a sample using electron beams
  • Flow cytometry: Analysis of the characteristics of individual cells, such as DNA content or cell size
  • Hematology: The diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of blood diseases, such as hemophilia, leukemia, or lymphoma
  • Immunology laboratory genetics: The study and diagnosis of immune deficiencies
  • Microbiology: The study of microscopic organisms, such as viruses, bacteria, fungi, protozoa, and archaea
  • Molecular biology: The study of the biological activities within systems of the body's cells
  • Molecular genetics: The study of the function and structure of genes on a molecular level
  • Perinatal/placental pathology: Testing of the placenta, fetus, or newborn to determine appropriate care for mother or baby, and/or to diagnose causes of adverse pregnancy outcomes
  • Reproductive biology (in vitro fertilization): Manual fertilization by combining egg and sperm in a laboratory dish, then placing the resulting embryo(s) into the uterus
  • Surgical pathology: The study of tissues that are removed during surgery to determine prognosis and further treatment options
  • Therapeutic apheresis services: Reduces plasma containing pathologic substances. Services include plasmapheresis, cytapheresis, photopheresis, LDL apheresis, and hematopoietic progenitor cell harvest.
  • Transfusion medicine: The transfusion of blood or blood products
  • Urinalysis: Testing of urine samples to detect disease or infection
  • Virology/serology: The study of viruses or blood serum related to immune system response

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