Drawing on the collective knowledge and expertise of Australia's largest group of specialist skin pathologists, and backed by the unrivalled resources of Australia's only national network of diagnostic laboratories, Sonic Skin Dx supports you and your patients by providing accurate, reliable and comprehensive dermatopathology services.

The diagnosis of skin conditions frequently requires careful clinicopathological correlation and integration of laboratory investigations in addition to histopathology.

Complex diagnoses demand a holistic approach involving not only the collaboration of clinicians and the histopathologists, but also specialist colleagues in disciplines such as genetics, microbiology, haematology, immunology and biochemistry. The active collaboration of expert pathologists from across the country and between disciplines is a key strength of Sonic Skin Dx.

Our team of pathologists includes nationally and internationally recognised experts who remain dedicated members of their local medical community.

The services provided by Sonic Skin Dx are enhanced by close collaboration between our pathologists nationally, as well as our ongoing commitment to customise our services to the needs of the referring doctor.

Our integrated and consultative approach to diagnosis and service delivery provides you and your patients with accurate diagnoses, regardless of the complexity of the episode.

Sonic Skin Dx offers:

  • A depth and breadth of expertise in all areas of surgical pathology that impact on dermatopathology. Within Sonic Skin Dx there are internationally recognised experts in lymphoma and in soft tissue tumour pathology
  • Extensive experience gained by referrals received from a broad base of clinicians, covering every aspect of dermatopathology. The range of material seen in our laboratories includes not only neoplastic and inflammatory disorders of the skin itself, but also a large number of related gynaecological, male genital, dental and ocular conditions, as well as disorders of the hair and nails.
  • The largest referral base in Australia. Some conditions occur only rarely, however, because of the large number of specimens we receive from across all areas of Australia, we offer highly specialised services in the more uncommon skin lesions
  • The largest range of ancillary investigative techniques. We are at the forefront of cutting-edge technology to ensure that the services we offer are the latest and best available
  • A commitment to quality. Our quality assurance means that we offer the highest standards of specimen handling and laboratory management
  • A commitment to education. Our pathologists' commitment to professional development enables Sonic Skin Dx to provide you with the latest information through publications, and to deliver workshops and group learning


Assessment of skin disorders

Skin disorders can be broadly grouped into the following aetiological categories:

  • Infective conditions (bacterial, fungal, viral, mycobacterial and other)
  • Inflammatory disorders
  • Neoplastic conditions (both benign and malignant)
  • Damage caused by physical agents (such as radiation and extremes of heat and cold)
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Metabolic diseases (such as renal disease, hormonal abnormalities and drug toxicities)
  • Genetic disorders (genodermatoses)

Skin pathology spans several disciplines within a pathology laboratory. Results provided through additional testing within genetic pathology, microbiology, immunoserology, biochemistry and haematology all regularly contribute to the histopathological diagnosis of skin disorders. As a comprehensive laboratory, Sonic Skin Dx provides you and your patients with seamless access to specialised pathology services.

Effective management comes down to accurate diagnosis

Our pathologists are leaders in dermatopathology. Their experience, expertise and commitment to professional development give you the assurance that the diagnoses we deliver are accurate and reliable. This breadth and depth of knowledge also allows us to deliver the answers to more obscure cases.

Ongoing support and advice for our referring doctors

Personalised service for doctors and their patients is a Sonic Healthcare Foundation Principle and our pathologists are readily available for consultation and professional support. Your reporting pathologist personally authorises every case and their direct telephone number is listed for ease of contact. We welcome the opportunity to engage in clinicopathological correlations in order to ensure the best outcome for your patient.