The Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office performs a variety of
services to aid in establishing cause and manner of death.
Histological examination is the microscopic study of tissues and
cells, and assists the pathologists in determining the cause of
death. The Forensic Histology section employs two full-time certified
histologists who prepare and stain tissue collected during the
examination procedure by the pathologist. After processing and
sectioning the tissue, the histologist submits the completed slides to
the forensic pathologist for examination. Some cause-of-death
determinations rely solely upon the examination of a decedent’s
tissues and organs, and the histology section plays a vital role in
helping the physician with identifying disease processes and certain
tissue changes that occur in response to trauma, lifestyle habits, and
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