Biomedical Science


Integrated course, 2.50 ECTS


Course content

Cell morphology; benign and malignant cell changes; criteria for malignancy; gynaecological cytology (cell collection, physiological cell picture, benign changes, dysplasia, malignant cell pictures, terminology); extragenital cytology (cell collection, physiological cell picture, benign changes, malignant cell pictures) using examples of the respiratory tract, urinary tract, CNS, serous cavities, lymph nodes; differential cytology; analytic imaging techniques; quality management; computer-assisted, optoelectronic screening procedures; interpretation of the findings.

Learning outcomes

The students have knowledge about the causes of illnesses and know about causes and effects of anomalous cell and tissue structures and functions in the organism. They know about the application of cell diagnostics in cancer prevention programmes as well as in the presurgical and postal-surgical diagnostics. They know the morphology of physiological and pathological cell pictures and can connect them to the corresponding clinical pictures. The students know criteria and procedures of a representative cell collection, preparation and detection techniques as well as screening-methods. They know the principle of obtaining test results, cytological terminology and their use. They can carry this out independently by taking all necessary measures of quality assurance as well as document the investigation results with the available technologies assess their medical validity and combine the findings of different departments.

Recommended or required reading and other learning resources / tools

Roessner, Pfeifer (2008): Allgemeine Pathologie und Grundlagen der Speziellen Pathologie Fladerer, Pokieser, Grimm (2014): Gynäkologische Zytologie
Freudenberg, Kortsik, Ross (2002): Grundlagen der Zytopathologie
Haider (2014): Lehrbuch der Allgemeinen Pathologie

Mode of delivery

integrated course

Prerequisites and co-requisites

medical basics

Assessment methods and criteria

test at the end of the course (microscopy)