Welcome to the world of the medical laboratory. It's a world of
technology, science, and mystery, where medical laboratory
professionals and pathologists find answers to questions that are
both routine and miraculous. Does this tissue sample contain
cancer? What can this woman's blood tell us about her health? Is
this unborn child developing normally? Is this drug effectively
stopping the infection? Why did this man die?
In the laboratory, a highly skilled team of pathologists,
specialists, medical technologists and technicians work together to
solve the mysteries, put the puzzles together, and answer the
critical questions of medicine. More than 70 percent of medical
decisions made by doctors are based on laboratory findings. In
fact, the practice of modern medicine would be impossible without
the tests performed in the laboratory.
Pathologists and medical laboratory professionals are the
behind-the-scenes backbone of medicine. Their field of exploration
covers a vast area, from human anatomy to the genetic and molecular
particles that affect it. They are the researchers, the
investigators, and some say the real heroes of medicine.
Laboratory procedures require an array of complex precision
instruments and a variety of automated and electronic equipment.
However, people who are interested in helping others are the
foundation of a successful laboratory. They must be accurate,
reliable, passionate about science and be able to recognise their
responsibility for human lives.
For someone who chooses a career as a pathologist or laboratory
professional, the exploration and the rewards are endless. (From
the American Society for Clinical Pathology (tm)).