Your biopsy (tissue sample) has been sent to Histolab for evaluation and reporting. Your specimen is transported to the laboratory by a dedicated Histolab courier. The specimen is given a unique identification number on arrival. It is then examined, described and sampled macroscopically (by either a pathologist or scientist), before being processed in a machine. Very thin sections of tissue are then sliced by a scientist, placed on labelled glass slides and stained. The completed slides are then examined (under the microscope) by the pathologist, who makes a diagnosis and issues a report of the pathology findings to your doctor.
Your Pathologist is a medically-trained Specialist Doctor, with multiple years of postgraduate training, has obtained Fellowship of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (FRCPA) and has more than a decade of post-fellowship experience. Your doctor has, in effect, referred you to your Pathologist for a specialist medical opinion. You can be assured that your biopsy has been thoroughly examined personally by your Pathologist, and your pathology report is issued by the Pathologist, not a machine.
Please be aware that the results from your biopsy specimen will be delivered to your specialist doctor, with a copy to your GP if so requested, and to the relevant Hospital Information Service (if the specimen was obtained as an inpatient). They are the only authorised recipients of our reports. Please contact them directly to discuss these results.
Histopathology (tissue biopsy pathology) is a labour-intensive, minimally-automated branch of Pathology. Histolab is a private specialist pathology provider, and as such does not automatically bulk-bill its services.
Outpatient (specimen obtained in doctor’s surgery):
In most circumstances (unless you are a Veterans Affairs Gold Card holder), you will receive an account for pathology services provided by Histolab, usually including an Out of Pocket amount (not covered by Medicare). The amount will vary depending on the number and complexity of specimens received. The range of out of pocket expense will be $30 - $150. The higher fee will be for the most complex specimens only. If you are a Pensioner or Health Care Card holder, you may be eligible for a discount on our normal fees.
Inpatient (specimen obtained while in hospital, including day procedure centre):
Histolab has entered into agreements with the majority of private health funds. This means that should you belong to one of the “no gap” health funds listed on our Health Fund Agreements document below, Histolab will bill that health fund directly and you will not receive an account, for any pathology received as a result of a procedure performed by your doctor in a hospital or accredited day procedure facility.
Your account is payable within 14 days, and may be paid by one of the following methods:
Should you require further information relating to your histopathology specimen, please contact us during business hours on 03 9852 8622.