Clinical pathologists work in close collaboration with clinical scientists (clinical biochemists, clinical microbiologists, etc.), medical technologists, hospital administrators, and referring physicians to ensure the accuracy and optimal utilization of laboratory testing. Clinical pathology is one of the major divisions of pathology.
Blood tests are very common. They are ordered by healthcare providers to:
- Find out how well organs such as your kidneys, liver, heart, or thyroid are working.
- Find out if your medicine is working to make you better.
- Monitor chronic health conditions and diseases.
- Find health problems in their early stages.
- Help diagnose diseases such as cancer, diabetes, coronary heart disease, and HIV/AIDS.