Histopathology involves the diagnosis and study of diseases of the tissues by examining tissues and/or cells under a microscope.


Healthcare science staff working in this field receive, dissect and prepare tissues for examination and diagnosis to reveal the structure of tissues and cells. This enables clinicians to see what the likely course and outcome of a disease will be so that they can manage patient’s care.

Histopathologists use chemical stains, immunological procedures and increasingly molecular specialist techniques in a laboratory setting to help distinguish healthy tissue and identify abnormal tissue, cells and infective agents.

Visit the Royal College of Pathologists website to find out more about the role of a Histopathologist.


More on Histopathology

The ‘Pathology Recruitment’ videos are from Lancashire Teaching Hospitals. They feature NHS staff working in areas such as Haematology, Immunology and Histopathology talking about their work.


Last updated on 15th February 2024