4 Interesting Facts You Did not Know About a Medical Lab Tech
Dec 31, 2019
When going to the doctors' office you usually see the medical assistant, nurses, and doctor, but rarely you see the people behind the doors of the labs. Who is it exactly that works in the lab and what are they doing behind closed doors? The professionals that are responsible for analyzing all the biological material for abnormalities and diseases are called Medical Lab technicians (MLT) or sometimes called medical lab assistants. Regardless of the title, they all have one thing in common, they perform the lab tests to help doctors diagnose issues. While the job may sound pretty straightforward, there is actually a lot of lab work beyond beakers and test tubes. Let's take a look at some of the more interesting facts about med lab technicians.
4 interesting facts you didn't know about a medical lab tech1. Practically any body fluid or tissue gets processed in a medical lab The results are virtually endless since all types of human samples come through a lab. Medical lab technicians analyze almost everything in the human body unseen. MLT's examine all types of samples, but the bulk of their work usually revolves around things like:
- Analyzing proteins and enzymes to see how your major organ systems are functioning (i.e., liver, heart, kidneys, pancreas and so on).
- Examining your blood cells to assess if you have a bacterial or viral infection, leukemia or anemias.
- Looking for all four of the main microorganism areas-bacteria, fungus, parasites and viruses to determine which one of these may be causing the infection.
- Determining blood type and compatibility to ensure you are getting the correct transfusion products to minimize dangerous reactions.