An introduction to the theory and practice of histotechnology, cytology and diagnostic electron microscopy.
Histology is the microscopic study of normal tissue. Histopathology is the discipline concerned with producing accurate diagnostic information from patient tissue samples. Diseases such as infection, inflammation and cancer are recognised by typical microscopic changes in tissues. Histotechnique is the technical procedure used to preserve cells and tissue as close as possible to their living state so that they can be visualised under a microscope. The study of structure, function and chemistry of cells is known as Cytology. It is a branch of biology that deals directly with the structural and functional organisation of cells. Cytopathology studies the microscopic appearance of cells, especially for the diagnosis of abnormalities and malignancies.
|Paper title||Elements of Histotechnology|
|Subject||Medical Laboratory Science|
|Teaching period||First Semester|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$1,040.75|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$5,093.50|
- Limited to
- Passed all second-year Medical Laboratory Science papers.
- Teaching staff
Convenor: Dr Tania Slatter
Teaching Staff: Amanda Fisher, Paul Spek
- Paper Structure
- Lectures and practicals address the following issues:
- Fixation and preservation of tissue
- Tissue processing and microtomy
- H&E and special staining to identify specific tissue components
- In-situ hybridisation of tissue slides
- Electron microscopy
- Examination of gynaecological, urinary tract, respiratory tract and body cavity cell preparations
- Liquid-based cytology
- Teaching Arrangements
- Lectures and practical laboratories.
Textbooks are not required for this paper.
Reading material will be given with each module.
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking,
Cultural understanding, Ethics, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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- Learning Outcomes
- Understand processing of tissue
- Understand and practise staining of tissue to achieve diagnosis
- Understand molecular histological methods used on tissue