What does a Medical Technologist Do?
The job of a medical technologist encompasses a wide variety of responsibilities. Most medical technologists will work in clinical pathology labs where they will analyze biological samples to check for their biological/biochemical composition. They will also operate, maintain and calibrate the equipment used to ensure that it is operating efficiently and providing accurate results. Medical technologists may also provide technical support to those who are directing studies that are relevant to their work.
Medical technologists conduct numerous types of laboratory tests such as chemical tests, microscopic tests and bacteriological tests. They prepare specimens as required with things such as filters, reagents, heat or with different solutions. Once the tests have been performed and/or the specimens prepared a medical technologist will observe these tests and record all of the necessary data.
Medical technologists perform these analyses, tests, experiments and procedures to provide all of the relevant data that may pertain to the prevention, diagnosis or treatment of diseases. They perform chemical tests on spinal fluid, urine and blood to look for any normal or abnormal components. Medical technologists also assist in blood transfusions by performing blood tests to determine a person's blood type, blood group and blood compatibility.
Some medical technologists participate in medical research under the direct supervision of a chief medical technologist. Some medical technologists who have experience in their field may go on to supervise or train students who are in school to become a medical technologist.