What Is Medical Technology?
Most of the time when people hear the term “medicine”, things like hospitals, pills, x-rays, etc. will come to mind. Doctors and nurses are also the most common first two medical professions people think of when they hear that word.
You should know though that the field of medicine holds several sub-fields and involves a lot of professions than doctors and nurses. For example, think about those people inside hospital laboratories who are responsible for testing samples doctors need in order to make an appropriate diagnosis.
For those who may not know who these people are, they are called medical technologists or clinical laboratory technicians (though the first term is more commonly used). Though these technologists do not often directly interact with patients like doctors and nurses, they are equally important in the medical field.
That being said, what should students planning to take medical technology expect to learn? Or what is expected of a person who plans on taking medical technology? To answer those questions, here is a brief description from biology.rutgers.edu:
“Medical Technology (MT) is a paramedical field for which the student prepares in chemistry, biology, hematology and related disciplines. Well-trained and certified Medical Technologists can enter careers in clinical laboratory work, academic research, public health, teaching and the pharmaceutical industry.”
What Exactly Do Medical Technologists Do?
Medical technologists play a crucial role in analyzing samples collected from patients in order for a doctor to make the right diagnosis. All patient samples doctors collect like blood, saliva, urine, feces, etc. are taken to their labs to be examined by medical technologists.
Have you ever wondered why your doctor would just take these samples from you and for you or an assistant to take them to the lab? Why can they not just test them on their own? The answer to that is because it is best to leave all these to the specialists.
Now you have a general idea about what medical technologists do in their labs, but to delve a little deeper into it, here are a few examples of specific roles:
● Tissue samples are prepared and cultured by medical technologists.
● They use the samples collected by doctors to detect abnormal components in the bodily fluids that can be a red flag for a disease or infection. They do this by running chemical analyses of the samples (ex. blood, spinal fluid, gastric juices, urine, etc.)
● Blood transfusions cannot be done (at least not safely) without the assistance of a medical technologist. These people are responsible for performing compatibility tests between the blood donor and the one who needs the blood, as reckless blood transfusion can be quite dangerous and deadly.
Liceo U is one of the most prestigious universities in Mindanao that offers a course for aspiring medical technologists. At the university, students are trained and molded to work towards the core values of excellence, discipline, loyalty, integrity and service.
For more information on the university’s medical technology courses or other courses, you may visit their website http://www.liceo.edu.ph