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 other variables.
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