Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT) or the Clinical Laboratory Science is a branch of science that deals with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of diseases using clinical laboratory tests. It is complimentary to medical science. This involves analysis of the body fluids including tissues and blood. It also covers micro-organism screening, chemical analyses and cell count.
Medical Laboratory Technologists perform most of their tasks such as preparation of slides of human tissues or other specimens, using laboratory equipments. They also carry out tasks such as blood tests and blood typing. These professionals play a very important role in collecting information, sampling, testing, reporting and documenting medical investigations.
Area of Work:
Blood banking, Clinical Biochemistry, Haematology, Immunology, Microbiology, Cytopathology, Phlebotomy, Urine Analysis, Coagulation, Parasitology, Blood Sample Matching, Drug Efficacy Tests,Serology,clinical pathology, histopathology, Molecular testing, IVF Lab, lab quality assurance.
The career prospect in DMLT depends on the academic performance and the technical skills of the technologist. Initially one joins any laboratory as a certified medical laboratory technologist. With the manifold increase in number of hospitals, nursing homes, blood banks, pathology laboratories etc. the demand of the laboratory technologists is always on the up-swing. With profound knowledge and adequate experience, Medical Laboratory Technologists can reach to Senior Supervisory or Managerial positions in laboratories and hospitals. Additional opportunities are available in molecular diagnostics, molecular bio-technology institutions, Vitro fertilisation laboratories and research labs.