Anatomic Pathology Lab Services
Many of the services and procedures we offer are unique in the Midlands.
Removal Of Skin Cancers
A special process has been developed by our staff so that skin cancers can be removed by local dermatologists, surgeons and other doctors in an effort to spare as much skin as possible (such as around the nose and face) while minimizing the amount of time the patient must be kept in surgery.
Precise Removal of Skin
The analysis allows precise removal of more skin, only if it is essential to do so, the next day. This is a clear alternative to the multi-hours, lengthy surgical sessions of Mohs surgery performed at other locations. If need be, we can also perform those procedures with intra-operative frozen section control.
Superficial Radiation Therapy
Our analysis provides precise detail so that superficial radiation therapy can be used when needed (Lexington Medical Center is the only source in the Midlands for providing superficial radiation therapy).
Breast Biopsy Diagnosis In Five Days
A special program works with stereotactic and ultrasound-guided core biopsies with next-morning reporting to our Breast Center. All reports are copied to our Breast Health Services Coordinator. We have final pathology diagnoses available within 5 days or less from the day of enrollment in the Breast Services Program.
We have a goal of same-day diagnosis on these cytology cases.
Many hospitals address this service by only processing the biopsy core. We provide an intensity of service that is unequaled anywhere in the U.S. We process core and cytology specimens as a Pathologist and a cytotechnology representative both attend and participate in these procedures with the biopsying Radiologist.
Biopsy Processing System
Our service has been refined into the world’s only completely oriented biopsy processing system. Biopsy diagnoses are faxed to the urologist’s office by noon the next day. Our program has had an outstanding success rate, not only for accurate diagnosis, but for providing the multiple details needed by patients and urologists in choosing among the numerous treatment options.
Our thorough processing of radical prostatectomy specimens is reported not only in classical text fashion, but with graphic supplements so that any future treatment modifications can consider the precise details of the cancer status at the time of resection.
We have additionally maintained a system of precisely issuing a supplementary graphic report on the biopsies to the radiology department when patients are additionally examined with endorectal-coil MRI exams.
Tumor Chemo-resistance Testing
Though this test is performed in a reference lab in California, the key to its success is the specimen selection process by our local Pathologist.
Percutaneous needle biopsies of the liver are performed by the Radiologist under ultrasound guidance. Our pathologists are expertly able to process and diagnose the biopsy because clinical information has been supplied and blood samples are available so that blood smears and blood chemical status of certain tests are always accurately available to the interpreting Pathologist.
Postmortem & Autopsy Services
The pathology group has provided postmortem testing and autopsy services to the Lexington County Coroner since 1971. The autopsy rate is about 100 cases per year, and the findings have been not only a service to the Office of the Coroner, but to our department as we press for ever-increasing quality services needed in our health services district.
Our group has strongly led the way since 1978 in providing expert examination of the baby’s most vital organ during pregnancy.
We devised an internal means of multidisciplinary sharing of case information far exceeding the norm. Therefore our pathologists are able to extend interpretations to an unusual degree of precision when evaluating biopsies of the esophagus, stomach, duodenum, small intestine, colon and rectum.
Since our hospital has an MSO with a large number of primary care physicians, we take great care to maintain a highly dependable diagnostic service for pathology exams of uterine cervix and endometrial specimens. Our system of dealing with a large number of Pap smear cases is highly accurate.
Autopsies requested by our medical staff on patients admitted to this hospital are performed at no charge. Any others are considered “private autopsies.”