Medical Laboratory Technologist

Medical laboratory technologists perform a variety of laboratory tests and procedures to help doctors in diagnosing, monitoring, treating, and preventing disease.

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In general, medical laboratory technologists:

  • examine body fluids and tissues for abnormal chemical levels, cells or bacteria
  • prepare tissue for microscopic examination by pathologists
  • determine blood type for transfusions
  • conduct medical research and analyses
  • participate in quality assurance and quality control activities.

Medical laboratory technologists may specialize in the following areas:

  • clinical chemistry: chemically analysing blood and other body fluids
  • clinical microbiology: culturing and identifying micro-organisms and determining antibiotic sensitivities
  • hematology: studying blood cells and their formation in health and disease, and investigating coagulation factors and disorders
  • histotechnology: preparing tissue specimens for microscopic examination
  • transfusion medicine: taking and testing blood to determine its suitability for transfusions and preparing blood products
  • cytotechnology: microscopically examining prepared cellular slides for evidence of abnormality or disease
  • clinical genetics: analysing patient tissue to determine the presence of a pre-existing or neoplastic genetic condition.

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