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Hematology Study Guide

Surgical Technologist Guides: Hematology and Hematopathology


Blood is always among us contained in many different types, uses, and most importantly, it is there to keep our bodies alive and well.  Hematology (often spelled haematology), is the medical field that studies pathology and physiology of blood. Specializations in this field include focuses on the blood-forming organs (such as the spleen and liver), blood diseases (AIDS), and blood pathologies.  More specifically, those who work in the diagnosing processes of hematological diseases are known as hematopathologists. These specialists often work closely with oncologists to find courses of treatment regarding certain cancers and blood diseases. Hematology and hematopathology work in conjunction to diagnose, treat, and prevent blood diseases.  By providing you with the most valuable information in surgical technology, the following is a collection of resources related to hematology and hematopathology.


Courses and Educational Resources

  • Blood Typing – Nobelprize.org’s educational section about hematology.  An online game and several readings are available.
  • The Blood Typing Tutorial – gives step-by-step instructions for checking blood type with antibodies, from Palomar Community College’s online science resource, Wayne’s Word.
  • Haematology Down Under – a nearly book-length description of the field itself with diagrams and other visual aids, hosted by the University of Queensland in Australia.
  • Ortho W.I.R.E. – an immunohematology educational library with links to articles in multiple languages and teaching tools.
  • OU HemeLearn – the University of Oklahoma Health Science Center’s detailed interactive resource about lymph nodes, blood, marrow, and other hematological concepts.
  • The Timeline of Major Hematological Landmarks – a brief historical reference on hematology breakthroughs, is hosted by the Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses.

General Hematology Descriptions and Databases

  • Blood Groups and Red Cell Antigens – by Laura Dean is an online book that gives detailed information about blood and blood types, provided by the U.S. National Library of Medicine.
  • Bloodbook.com – a comprehensive database of introductory information about blood and hematology.  The site includes quick facts about, and thorough descriptions of, blood disorders.
  • Bloodline – product of the American Society of Hematology, functions largely as an online publication and educational resource.
  • The Haematological Malignancy Diagnostic Service – provides detailed information about medical conditions concerning the blood and the composition of blood in general.
  • Introduction to Hematology – hosted by Puget Sound Blood Center, is a 3-section description of the field that begins by describing the structure of blood cells and moves on to explain specialized cells and blood transplants.

General Medical Websites

  • GPNotebook is a British medical reference that allows users to view four pages per day for free.
  • The Mayo Clinic , besides connecting patients to doctors and providing other services, gives quick descriptions of diseases and information on how to study in specific medical fields.
  • WebMD is a popular medical resource that provides diagnoses by symptom and gives advice for healthy living and quick descriptions of many diseases, including those related to the blood.


  • Atlas of Hematology - an older image databank by Nagoya University in Japan and is one of the most comprehensive.
  • The Atlas of Hematology – by Dr. Nivaldo Medeiros provides an array of images of blood cells and blood diseases.
  • CellAtlas – created by Animech, is a downloadable iPhone application that provides detailed images of cells and hematology quizzes.
  • Cells of the Blood – an interactive tool by Microbiologybyes.com that allows users to click on blood cells for descriptions.
  • Haematology.org – provides a number of close-up images of blood cells and a screensaver.
  • Hematopathology Index – a database of magnified blood cell images, organized into categories, such as “Myeloma” and “Standard Peripheral Blood and Marrow Findings,” by the University of Utah Health Sciences Library.

Medical Conditions of the Blood

  • Blood and Lymph Conditions – a long list of studies organized by condition, such as anemia and leukemia, from Clinical Trials.gov
  • Blood Diseases – part of healthfinder.gov, is a list of FAQs and descriptions about sickle cells, bone marrow, and many other topics related to the blood, each topic linking to an official organization, such as the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
  • The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society – a nonprofit that supports blood cancer research through donations and advocacy, and provides information about the disease.
  • The MDS Foundation – collects donations to fight myelodysplastic syndromes, an assortment of blood conditions.
  • Types of Cancer – a section of the Virginia Cancer Institute’s website that, via a dropdown menu at the top, provides comprehensive information on leukemia and lymphoma, among other cancers.


Miscellaneous Resources

Image source: http://www.fi.edu/learn/heart/blood/red.html