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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