This medical health video looks into the time it takes to receive pathology results.
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Jennifer Matthews: Helping her son with his homework is part of Marisela Lopetegui's daily routine. But that routine was disrupted when doctors found a lump on Marisela's breast. Marisela Lopetegui: All my life; all my plans for my children, for my family, were down. Jennifer Matthews: She underwent a biopsy to determine if the lump was cancerous. Getting final results back usually takes at least 24 hours, but Marisela's doctor gave her the results in just two hours. Dr. Eli Avisar: If I can tell the patient, you know, go to the cafeteria; come back in an hour and a half, and I will tell you what's going on. Jennifer Matthews: Professor Azorides Morales developed the machine that processes the tissue samples quicker. Dr. Azorides Morales: Believe it or not, with microwave. The same microwave that you use in your kitchen, kitchen microwave; that is central to what we are doing here. Jennifer Matthews: The goal is to quickly process the sample so it can be analyzed under a microscope. Rather than heating the tissue, the microwaves enhance dehydration making moisture easier to extract. Researchers can also examine the genes within the tissues. Dr. Azorides Morales: This will be extraordinarily important, and this is where we are moving in medicine. Jennifer Matthews: Not only did Marisela get her results more quickly, she also got good news. Marisela Lopetegui: He told me everything will be good. It was a new life. I felt like a new woman. Jennifer Matthews: And now the whole family has something to dance about. This is Jennifer Matthews reporting.