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Is Histology Important?

A mole removal in London is a relatively simple procedure at London Dermatology Clinic that can be performed for aesthetic purposes or for the removal of an abnormal skin lesion that may be cancerous. The only way to know for certain whether or not a suspicious lesion will require further treatment depends upon a histological analysis of the tissue. While most patients never meet histology technicians, the role they play is vital to the patient’s health.

The Definition of Histology

The study of histology is the study of the structure of the tissue in both plants and animals. Histology is derived from the Greek word histos, which means tissue, and logia, which means knowledge. A histology technician examines tissue samples, such as those from a mole removal, to check for any abnormalities. By magnifying a suspicious lesion after it has been removed, a histology technician can help determine whether or not all of the cells from the sample have been eradicated, if the affected tissue is cancerous, as well as provide advice for future treatment options.

Duties of a Histologist

Patients who have undergone a mole removal in London seldom come into contact with the histology technician that is in charge of examining the suspicious lesion. Histologist technicians spend the most time inside a laboratory where the tissue samples are tested. By inspecting a sample under a microscope, the histology technician can identify diseases within the cellular structure. Histologists add dyes and a variety of chemicals to the sample. The histologist then makes a report as to how the sample reacted. Occasionally, the histologist will need a pathologist to help diagnose a tissue sample.

Helpfulness of Histology in Medicine

Sometimes a dermatologist can tell just by looking at a skin lesion whether or not it is malignant. However, for almost every examination of a skin lesion, even for a routine mole removal, a histologic technician is required to analyse the skin that has been removed. With the help of a histologic technician, doctors are able to make more accurate diagnoses. In turn, an accurate diagnosis gives patients better treatment options, and increases the chances of overcoming possible diseases. Without histology, it would be next to impossible to identify certain abnormalities, making treatment difficult.

Histology’s Other Uses

While histology is essential for examining the tissue from a patient’s mole removal, the helpfulness of this branch of science reaches far beyond the field of medicine. Histologists study the cellular structure of plants as well, and many histology technicians contribute to agricultural development. Examining the cellular structure of hybrid plants helps provide food developers with information about growth, nutrient density and reproduction. Histology is also beneficial to forensics, as a histology technician can tell how an individual died and how long the person has been deceased.

From investigating abnormal tumours to examining a patient’s recent mole removal underneath a microscope, the expertise of a histology technician is necessary to provide doctors and patients with proper treatment methods. Patients with a suspicious lesion and patients that experience changes in existing moles should discuss having the lesion tested by a histology technician to determine a proper means of treatment. We offer histology on all mole removals at London Dermatology Clinic.