Advanced Diagnostics

The prevention, detection and treatment of a variety of health conditions—ranging from the seasonal flu bug to the rarest of cancers—depend on accurate and reliable diagnostic testing. The results of sophisticated laboratory tests and the use of advanced diagnostic technologies and methods provide your physician and medical team with essential information critical to your care and wellbeing.

The multidisciplinary specialists of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine see approximately 120,000 surgical and 4.5 million clinical samples each year. From the analysis of saliva and blood to microscopic examination of cells and tissue, our experienced professionals precisely interpret and pinpoint the cause and course of myriad diseases and disorders. While often working behind the scenes, our laboratory medicine and pathology experts are up front and center when it comes to delivering high quality personalized care throughout the NorthShore system and our community.

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Comprehensive Services

At NorthShore, we perform nearly all pathology laboratory testing of our patients in-house. A full-service department, we provide extensive anatomical, clinical and molecular pathology services (available to view in our test catalog) to NorthShore’s four hospitals, Medical Group physician offices, private physician offices and other health care facilities in the Chicago area.

Our capabilities allow for timely and cost-effective care through:

  • Expedited results—often within days rather than weeks and sometimes even hours
  • Enhanced clinical decision-making—quick and accurate identification of illness and infection leads to more rapid treatment and better outcomes
  • Efficient communication—test results relayed through our electronic medical record system and patient portal, NorthShoreConnect.

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Advanced Expertise

An integral part of the health care team, we continue to distinguish ourselves as a national leader in laboratory medicine and pathology services. Pioneers in genomic testing, NorthShore was one of the first in the country to establish a Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory where we perform molecular and DNA testing and analysis for a variety of diseases and conditions. We employ the latest technology and methods, including Next Generation Sequencing (NGS), to better individualized and tailor care. 

Our expertise spans all areas of the specialty. We have medical experts in surgical pathology, cytopathology, autopsy, dermatopathology, neuropathology and transfusion medicine, to name a few, who are readily available for clinical consultation with referring physicians. The department’s specialists also serve as faculty members for our strong academic programs—mentoring new leaders in the field.

Our team conducts innovative translational research designed to improve detection, disease characterization and personalization of treatment in various specialty areas including infectious disease and molecular, gastrointestinal and neurological pathology.