They say that life is found in the small things
Microscopes and microbes, computers and chromosomes ? these are some of the things that Medical Laboratory Technologists (MLTs) work with behind-the-scenes and on the front lines of patient health.
Today?s medicine would be impossible without the tests performed in the clinical laboratory by MLTs. As vital partners in the health care of all Canadians, MLTs carry out many advanced tests on blood, body fluids and tissues ? providing data that doctors need to make clinical decisions about patient treatments. It is estimated that laboratory results generate up to 85% of the medical information required to diagnose, treat, and prevent disease.
MLTs are the 3rd largest group of health care workers in the world, and the 4th largest group of health care professionals in Ontario. Turn on the television or read the newspaper and you?ll hear some reference to the things MLTs deal with 24 hours a day.
Medical Laboratory Technologists serve in hospital, private, public health, and blood transfusion labs in both urban and rural centres. While some postings require a command of all disciplines, other MLTs take on the role of specialists in their field. MLTs also work in industry research and development, education, management, or evolutionary specialties such molecular genetics.