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Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine


Cytopathology is the study of individual cells to detect disease.  It is used most commonly to diagnose cancer, and to screen for cancer precursors; however, infectious diseases and other conditions can also be detected.

The missions of the UC Davis Cytopathology Laboratory are to:

  • Provide the highest quality cytologic diagnostic services in a timely manner to our patients and clinical colleagues
  • Provide high quality education in all aspects of cytopathology to trainees at all levels
  • Pioneer new technologies and molecular techniques that aid in cytologic diagnosis
  • Participate in regional and national agencies and workgroups that improve health services to community populations