Pathology & Lab Services
We offer specialized, comprehensive lab services.
Our experts assist your physician by providing quick, accurate results.
Indiana University Health Pathology & Lab Services is the only academic full-service diagnostic laboratory evaluating more than 20 million tests each year for patients in central Indiana.
To meet such a high demand, we operate 24 hours a day and seven days a week so your physician can complete your diagnosis and treatment as quickly as possible. More than 40 expert pathologists and over 700 highly qualified laboratory professionals provide specialized service and solve challenging problems in healthcare using laboratory methods. We adhere to the highest level of standards in quality and service and are accredited by state, federal and independent accrediting agencies.
Our pathologists and laboratory professionals are a vital part of a patient's healthcare team and oversee laboratory services across the IU Health system. In fact, roughly 70 percent of the information that a doctor uses to diagnose and treat a patient comes from the laboratory. To assist your physician, we:
- Perform screening tests for evaluating your health
- Provide complex testing for serious life-threatening conditions
- Consult with your physicians and medical team on test interpretation to choose the most appropriate laboratory testing
- Process and interpret biopsies, tissue, bone marrow and fine needle aspirations
- Offer a diagnosis based on your clinical history and laboratory testing
- Oversee quality of laboratory services within the IU Health laboratory system
We have convenient outpatient labs to serve you and your family. If you have written orders for lab testing, be sure to read these important lab test instructions.
Our board certified doctors, also called pathologists, are part of a well-known teaching and training program for Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Indiana University. They are nationally renowned in their area of expertise and participate in ongoing research studies.
Our focus is to provide exceptional care for our patients and complete the mission of IU Health, to improve the health of our patients and community through innovation and excellence in healthcare. We offer comprehensive services to patients, including:
Our pathologists specialize in evaluating cancer involving different body organs like breast, blood and bone marrow, stomach, small and large bowel, kidney, urogynecologic cancers and liver tumors. Our advanced molecular pathology laboratory provides testing for the genetic defects associated with these cancers to assess prognosis and/or treatment options at both the initial diagnosis or at relapse. Other areas of the laboratory perform testing to help the doctor monitor each patient’s treatment.
Laboratory testing is performed rapidly to aid the doctors in diagnosing and treating cardiovascular disease. Bedside testing for cardiac markers is available throughout the IU Health system to help physicians quickly diagnose a heart attack. Our clinical pathologists work closely with doctors to interpret laboratory results.
We offer specialized services for testing and evaluation of hematologic and coagulation/bleeding problems. Our fully automated hematology laboratory at the Academic Health Center in Indianapolis is one of a kind in the United States and one of the busiest among academic centers. Common blood disorders include anemia, bleeding disorders (such as hemophilia), blood clots and blood cancers (such as leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma) require laboratory work up. If you are found to have any of these conditions, your diagnosis and treatment is based on the tests that we perform in the laboratory. If you require any kind of blood product transfusion during your treatment, we ensure that you receive the product you need.
Many diseases, and especially cancers, are results of genetic malfunctions called mutations. Choosing a specific drug treatment for some of the cancers requires identification of a specific gene abnormality. Your genes also determine how you react to certain drugs and how much of a drug you need. Detection of many microbes and viruses is expedited with molecular techniques so you can get the right antibiotic faster. We offer the latest and most accurate molecular assays for these purposes.
Several pathologists have subspecialties in neuropathology, evaluating nerve, muscle and ophthalmic tissue. Their expertise is in neuro-oncology, disorders of the muscles and peripheral nerves and neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease. Their work supports the neurology teams at the IU Health Neuroscience Center.
Several pathologists are located at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health and specialize in diseases of children, including cardiovascular, pediatric tumors, liver and gastrointestinal disease. Our phlebotomists at the Riley Outpatient Center are skilled in collecting blood from pediatric patients and receive great patient satisfaction scores. Our laboratory instrumentation can operate on very small amounts of blood and our clinical pathologists have the expertise in pediatric pathology to support the Riley pediatricians.
IU Health has one of the busiest transplant programs in the nation, and our pathologists have years of experience to assist the transplant doctors and patients. Our pathologists are experts in kidney, liver and gastrointestinal transplant pathology. Transplant patients are treated with special drugs to prevent organ rejection. Our laboratories provide testing to help physicians ensure the right amount of anti-rejection drug is given.
Our laboratories promote women’s health. Our pathologists and laboratory professionals have expertise in breast and gynecologic cancers, prenatal care and infectious diseases that affect women. The cytology laboratory examines Pap tests that ensure that every cervical cell is screened for abnormality. Molecular technology, which is much more sensitive than other methods, is used to screen for sexually transmitted diseases, including HPV. Expectant mothers can be assured that the best technology is used to screen for potential risks to the baby, such as Group B Strep disease and maternal serum testing.
We’re building the future
Through our partnership with the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Indiana University, we offer a number of opportunities for training of pathology and lab professionals. We are the only training program in Indiana for residency and fellowship in pathology. We also offer undergraduate degrees in clinical lab sciences, cytotechnology and histotechnology. Students can continue their education with Master’s graduate programs in laboratory science, experimental pathology and pathologist’s assistant. We also provide opportunities for a research-based PhD.
Learn more about pathology and lab services
For more information on the types of testing done in medical laboratories, as well as the latest news and research involving pathology, visit the National Institute of Health’s website.