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Pathology Tests Explained

Pathology Tests Explained is a not-for profit organisation that provides information about pathology tests.

It is funded principally by the Australasian Association for Clinical Biochemistry and Laboratory Medicine (AACB), one of pathology’s peak bodies representing many of the professionals who work in laboratories.

Vision and mission

The aim of Pathology Tests Explained is to provide you with information about pathology testing that you can rely on as being accurate and authoritative. The content is written by practicing pathologists and scientists including some of Australia’s leading experts who work in public or private pathology laboratories or hold appointments with professional societies, all in Australia.

How Pathology Tests Explained can help

Pathology Tests Explained can help by providing all you need to know about the pathology tests that will be used to diagnose, treat, and manage any illness you have.

They can help if you:

  • have been asked to have tests
  • have a diagnosis but aren’t sure what lies ahead
  • are managing a chronic illness
  • are caring for someone having tests
  • are a health professional looking for information to pass on to a patient or seeking a quick resource for yourself

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Last reviewed: May 2022

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Pregnancy and prenatal testing - Pathology Tests Explained

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Prolactin - Pathology Tests Explained

Describes how prolactin testing is used, when prolactin testing is done, and what the results of prolactin testing might mean.

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Cytomegalovirus - Pathology Tests Explained

Cytomegalovirus (CMV) testing is used to determine whether someone with  and  has an active infection

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Sickle cell anaemia - Pathology Tests Explained

Sickle cell anaemia is an inherited disease of red blood cells, characterised by abnormally shaped cells with a loss of ability to deliver oxygen.

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Lead poisoning - Pathology Tests Explained

Lead poisoning is a condition that results from environmental exposure to lead which can cause permanent health damage, especially in children.

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Screening tests for newborns - Pathology Tests Explained

Screening newborn babies using laboratory blood tests is important for the early diagnosis and treatment of certain rare genetic and congenital disorders. This is usually done within a few days of birth when the disorders would otherwise not be clinically apparent at this early age.

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screening tests; diagnostic tests; health checks

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