True blood: cutting through confusion about pathology cuts

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The pathology sector in Australia is no longer a cottage industry. It is dominated by a handful of billion-dollar enterprises that analyse blood, tissue and other samples. These tests enable timely diagnosis of a range of illnesses and allow clinicians to optimise treatment by ensuring patients get the right mix of medications for specific conditions.

The sector uses advanced technology, involving high-cost specialist equipment rather than individual pathologists equipped with a microscope. It’s big business. The overall Sonic group, which includes one of the two leading services, last year reported annual revenue of more than A$4 billion.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages3
Specialist publicationThe Conversation
PublisherThe Conversation Paperpress
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2016


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