Not many outside the medical profession know what histopathology is or what a histopathologist does. Yet, few surgical decisions - especially on cancer and related disorders would be possible without histopathology. Histopathology and cytopathology diagnose problems / diseases in tissues. This is far removed from the quantitative world of clinical chemistry and haematology. In this numberless world, it is the subtleties of the shades of grey that must be interpreted. Answering questions such as "Doctor, do I have cancer?", and "Will my disease respond to treatment?" fall under the purview of a histopathologist's responsibilities. Here is where science meets the art of medicine and may even have to bow to it. The skill of the histopathologist is not easily acquired. It is honed and tempered by long years in the field. Histopathologists are therefore the rara avis of the pathology world.
In its mission for excellence in pathology, the centre recognized the need for good histopathology and cytopathology services. To fulfill this need it has established a modern histopathology laboratory which is fully equipped to provide high quality histopathology and cytopathology services. These services will answer diagnostic and therapeutic questions in surgical pathology in a timely and comprehensive manner. The laboratory is accredited by the National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL).
The centre is headed by Dr. Anita M. Borges, M.D. FRC Path, a surgical pathologist of repute who has spent close to 40 years as a cancer pathologist in the UK, USA and in India. She is ably supported by Dr. Jay Mehta, M.D., Dr Vinita Pant M.D. and Dr Shilpa Prabhudesai M.D. DNB.
The laboratory’s technical division is headed Dr. K Lakshminarayanan, Ph.D. who has managed the histopathology laboratories of Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai and Regional Cancer Centre, Trivandrum.
The centre offers routine histopathology and cytopathology services, including fine needle aspiration cytology (FNAC) and screening tests for cancer. Immunohistochemistry for all routine diagnostic and predictive markers is currently available. Additionally, the centre offers specialized tests at the cutting-edge of technology and expertise, such as molecular genetic markers of diagnostic and therapeutic value.
The SRL Diagnostics Histopathology Centre is truly committed to excellence. This is its raison d'etre and its promise.