Introduction to Hematology

Blood is Made in the Bone Marrow
All of the cells in the blood, red blood cells, all types of white blood cells, and platelets are made in the bone marrow. This happens primarily in the flat bones in your body such as the skull, the sternum, and the pelvis.

Blood Cell Development
All of the cells differentiate from one group of "master cells" called stem cells. The stem cells can become whatever kind of blood cell the body needs. They come under the influence of factors in their environment to become red cells, white cells, or platelets.

Bone Marrow
This microscopic view of a sample of bone marrow shows mature and immature white cells, the cells that produce platelets and both mature and immature red cells. Notice the variety.


Bone Marrow

 
Section Two: What is Blood?
What is Blood?
How Blood Cells are Made
Plasma
Red Blood Cells
White Blood Cells
Platelets