Ours is a high tech lab working round
the clock with two acutomatic cell counters, Sysmex-five part
3 part counters giving all the various blood
parameters with scatter diagram. All Routine hematology
tests including specilised tests like Osmotic fragility,
Sickling test, LE Cell, Cryoglobulins, Cold agglutinin, FDP and
Cytochemical studies for Leukemia are done. Bone marrow
aspiration and biopsy are done routinely. Coagulation
studies like a PTT, PT, Mixing studies, Urea solubility and Clot
retraction test are a routine. Infertility work-up, fluid
studies are a part of the clinical pathology routine other than
the routine urine tests and QBC and smear studies for malaria
and filaria. We have both internal and external quality control
programmes (AIMS and CMC, Vellore) to validate our reports.
Routine sections with all the
histochemical stains and polarizing studies are done.
Cryostat sectioning is done for rapid reporting of surgical
cases within 20 minutes of receiving sample.
Pap screening with fluid and brush
cytology is a routine feature. Fine needle aspiration is
carried out in the department with rapid reporting of slides.
USG and CT Guided FNAC is also a common feature. Cytogenetic
studies like Barr body studies are done.
Transfusion Medicine Department:
Ours is a state of the art department
where we issue both whole blood and components. Since we
are on the ECR where accidents are a common affair, we help the
clinicians handle the trauma cases efficiently. Our blood
bank issues Packed cells, Platelets and Fresh Frozen plasma.
For patients with coagulation disorders we have have
cryoprecipitate. There is maintenance of rare group
registry, thereby making issuing of blood for such cases much
easier. We participate in a external quality control
programme with CMC, Vellore for maintaining quality assurance.
Our faculties have publications in
various international and national journals. We regularly
update our knowledge by having journal club meetings, attending
conferences and CME. Regular intercollegiate pathalogy
club meetings are held with lively discussions with our peers
from other colleges.
Ours is one of the best pathalogy
museums in this territory with over 512 mounted specimens. We
have over 150 unmounted specimens which are useful for
postgraduate teaching. Catalogues are available for the
students to get complete picture of each case.