The Department of Pathology and Laboratories of the Lung Center of the Philippines was established in 1982. It has been serving both physicians and patients for twenty four years. From basic clinical laboratory examinations, the laboratory has expanded its services and operations over the years. To date, it offers a wide range of laboratory examinations to aid physicians in the diagnosis and management of various disease entities, primarily chest diseases.
The laboratory is composed of various sections:
The section of clinical microscopy is concerned with the physiochemical microscopic analysis of various body fluids. These examinations are performed manually utilizing various reagents.
The blood bank is primarily concerned with the transfusion and donor services of the hospital. Its primary goal is to provide adequate, safe, compatible blood and blood components to patients needing blood transfusion through the following services:
This section is responsible for processing specimens for histopathological and cytological examinations. The bulk of specimens are mostly tissue specimens from various surgical procedures as well as body fluids. Tissue specimens are processed using both manual and automated methods. Rapid histopathologic diagnosis may also be obtained through a frozen section utilizing a cryostat. Rapid cytologic diagnosis may also be obtained through the Rapid Papís method of staining. Special stains as well as various immunohistochemical stains are now being offered. Necropsy services are also available.
Immunology and Serology
The section of immunology and serology is concerned with the diagnosis of infectious diseases utilizing both automated and manual serologic methods. This section is not only involved in diagnostic serology but also works in collaboration with the blood bank in the screening of blood units for infectious blood-borne diseases.
Out Patient Services
This section is in charge of receiving specimens from the wards as well as from out-patients. It is in this area where extraction and collection of specimens from out-patients is done. Charging and releasing of results is also facilitated in this area.
This section offers examinations ranging from cell counts, cell indices and determination of bleeding parameters for the diagnosis of hematologic disorders, utilizing both automated and manual methods.
Pathology and Laboratory
Department, Lung Center of the Philippines