Department of Pathology – Services

Diagnostic Services for Histopathology and Cytopathology

Diagnostic services are provided for specimens recieved from Professorial medical unit, Professorial surgical unit, Professorial gyneacology unit from NHSL, Professorial obstetric unit at DMH, Professorial Peadiatric unit at LRH, Urology ward 22 at NHSL, Dermatolgy unit at NHSL in ward 13 and renal biopsies from all around the country.

Cervical Cytology screening and diagnostic service is provided for the National Cervical Cancer control program through the Family Health Bureau of the Ministry of Health.

Referral service is provided for cases referred for second opinion/ expert opinion by a panel of Departmental pathologists. Expert opinion is provided in the fields of Renal, Soft tissue, Bone, Genitourinary, Gynaecological, Breast, Thyroid pathology, Dermatopathology, paediatric and perinatal pathology, Cytology including Cervical Cytology.

Laboratory Services for Haematology

The following testing services are available at the haematology section.

  • Full blood count
  • Blood picture
  • Reticulocyte count
  • Bone marrow biopsies
  • Special tests – PNH, G6PD deficiency, Hereditary spherocytosis, Anti cardiolipin antibodies

Centre for Diagnosis and Research in Cancer (CeDARC)

The Centre for Diagnosis and Research in Cancer (CeDARC) of the University of Colombo is a collaborative effort of the Department of Pathology, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Human Genetics Unit of the Faculty of Medicine and the Departments of Chemistry and Zoology of the Faculty of Science. It was established with the aim of developing a state-of-the-art referral centre in Sri Lanka, in order to provide a comprehensive cancer diagnostic service and facilitate translational research and capacity building.
Objective I – Establishment of a state-of-the-art referral centre to provide accurate, comprehensive and timely diagnoses of cancer to patients from all over the country in order to facilitate precision medicine.
Objective II – Conduction of high-quality, translational research that will be beneficial for determining risk factors, biological behaviour and prognosis of cancers affecting Sri Lankans.
Objective III – Training and continuous medical education of medical and paramedical personnel throughout Sri Lanka to ensure accurate and timely diagnosis of cancer, an essential prerequisite for precision health.
Objective IV- Emergence as a regional centre of excellence for collaborations in cancer diagnosis, research and training in South Asia.