Flashcards in B3.3.6 - Pathology Deck (11)
What is a pathologist?
A Doctor who specialises in understanding the nature and cause of diseases.
What is a post-mortem examination?
When a pathologist inspects a body after death to determine the cause of death.
What is a forensic pathologist?
- A pathologist who takes part in criminal investigations.
- They tell police if a death is suspicious or not.
What sort of samples might a pathologist take when investigating an ill patient?
- Blood sample
- Urine sample
- Feces sample
What can a pathologist test blood for?
Iron levels to see if a person has anaemia.
What can a pathologist test urine for?
Sugar levels to see if a person has diabetes.
What can a pathologist test feces for?
Bacteria - to see if the person has food poisoning.
What do would a pathologist use to grow bacteria on?
An agar plate
How can dentists help to solve crimes?
1. They can identify a murder victim using their dental records (x-rays)
2. They can identify a suspect by performing a 'bite-mark analysis'
What makes teeth good for identifying disfigured corpses?
- Tooth enamel is the hardest part of the human body and can withstand high temperatures so will remain intact.
- They form a unique pattern.