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Organization and facilities,

The Department provides comprehensive diagnostic facilities through the following sections:

a) Histopathology: This section includes documentation, grossing, and processing of surgicalspecimens to generate stained tissue sections for biopsy reporting. A battery of special histochemical stains provide adjunctive information. Frozen section procedures enable critical intraoperative consultation for critical decision making in patient management. Macro- and microphotographic facilities provide archiving of interesting cases and enrichpresentations and publication efforts.

b) Cytology: This section handles gynecologic smears and a host of fluids from various body sites as well as Fine needle  aspiration cytology specimens. These are processed by state-of-art techniques like Thin- Prep and supported by ancillary techniques.

c) Immunohistochemistry, Immunoflourescence and Enzyme histohemistry: A comprehensive range of antibodies ensures vital inputs into tumor typing and prognosis, specialized diagnosis for renal and skin diseases and enzyme histochemistry  for muscle and nerve biopsies.

d) Molecular Pathology: Currently this section provides in situ hybridization facilities. The process of widening its range of tests for tumor diagnosis, particularly lymphomas, is in progress.

e) Electron Microscopy unit: This unit manned by highly trained biomedical scientists provides vital diagnostic services and research tools and serves as a national referral facility. It is equipped with two TEM and an SEM plus a state-of-art Field Emission Electron Microscope.

f) Administrative section: A dedicated team of coordinators ensures systematic updation of patient reports on the HIS system and maintenance of records.

g) Mortuary: Provides facility storage of bodies and embalming.