Cellular Pathology

Contact Names/Numbers/Email Addresses

Contact NumberCellular Pathology enquiries – 01 414 3929

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Description of Department/Service

The Department of Cellular Pathology provides a comprehensive Histopathology and Cytopathology service to a regional population of 450,000 (approx.) in South and West Dublin, North Kildare and West Wicklow. The laboratory processes and examines in excess of 45,000 samples per year.

The Cellular Pathology Department is accredited to International Standard ISO 15189 through the Irish National Accreditation Board.

Patient Information

Cellular pathology is a diagnostic service that looks at cells of the body from either tissues or fluids. Very thin sections from the tissue (Histopathology) or cells from the fluids (Cytopathology) are placed on glass slides, dyed various colours and examined under a microscope.

By looking at the way that the cells are arranged, how they have developed and how they are functioning, it is possible to determine if a patient has a disease, inflammation, a cancer or a non-cancerous growth.

Findings from a patient’s cellular pathology studies are discussed at multi-disciplinary team meetings with other clinics, and the team of experts work together to decide an appropriate treatment plan or review how a treatment is progressing.