On this resource, the following formatting is used for comprehensiveness:
- Minimal depth
- (Moderate depth)
When to ask
For grossing, general factors for asking for assistance include:
- Unfamiliarity with the specimen type at hand.
- Malignancy risk of the case.
- Inability to retake sections in case the first ones are insufficient:
- A risk of irreversibility of any processing, such as inability to perform special tests by putting it in formalin.
- Low redundancy of tissue at hand, such as very small pieces of relevant tissue.
- Low accessibility in obtaining the specimen at hand, such as through deep surgery or imaging-based biopsy.[notes 2]
What do ask for
When consulting a senior, generally read up on the medical history and(/or) operative report of the patient. What you generally want to know are:
- If bringing a slide tray, don't forget the slide on your microscope.
- ((Is the office door open, and if so, how much? Generally leave it the same way on the way out.))
- The pathology issues at hand.
- If information is given for writing a pathology report, what will you do after writing them? Save, sign or notify them otherwise?
- For a full list of contributors, see article history. Creators of images are attributed at the image description pages, seen by clicking on the images. See Patholines:Authorship for details.
- Low accessibility is associated with both a higher risk of malignancy (enough to motivate extensive methods for obtaining the specimen) and irreversibility (as it would be difficult to retake a specimen in case the first one does not result in an adequate diagnosis).