How to Become a Medical Technologist

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Medical technologist using medical equipment to test blood.

A medical technologist, also known as a medical laboratory scientist, med tech or lab tech, usually works in the laboratory of a hospital or in an independent laboratory that services hospitals or medical offices. Although medical technologists perform their work behind the scenes and rarely come in contact with patients or physicians, their work plays a vital role in diagnosis and treatment of diseases and provides answers to life or death questions practically every day.

If you’ve ever considered pursuing a career as a medical technologist, it’s important to learn what the work is like and the steps you must take to get started in this field.

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New Tech in Healthcare Provides Opportunities for Care Providers and Patients Alike

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healthcare technology roboticsNew technology abounds in every industry, but they are rarely more amazing than the innovations that we see in modern medicine. Some people are a bit skeptical over some of the new technological advances, with concerns about human positions being replaced by robots and other machinery. A look at the broader picture, however, shows that these advances will be a far bigger help than a hindrance to those in the medical profession. Here are just a few of the latest advances in medical technology that are a huge asset to those in patient care. Continue reading “New Tech in Healthcare Provides Opportunities for Care Providers and Patients Alike”

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Medical Technology that Used to be Science-Fiction

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A few weeks before Star Trek: Into Darkness hit theatres, we looked at “23rd Century health technologies that already exist.”

At the time, it was amazing to see how many futuristic devices we see in the movies (and not just that saga, but in the Marvel universe, Star Wars, and others) that are quickly becoming reality.

For medical professionals and aspiring super-heroes, here’s a look at some more medical sci-fi that’s here today

3D printing of prosthetics and bone/joint replacements (The Fifth Element)

Ever see that beautifully-crafted sci-fi action movie in which Bruce Willis has to find-and-assemble people/stuff from different planets to save the Earth?

…Let’s try this again: Ever see that pre-Resident-Evil movie where Milla Jovovich jumps off a futuristic 900-floor building wearing nothing but a bandage designed by Jean-Paul Gaultier? (OK, awesome.)

Before that scene in The Fifth Element, said actress’ character is “resurrected” from a tiny bit of ancient DNA that gets re-built in seconds in a robotic chamber that can build anything, including people. Sound far-fetched?

Not only can 3D printing technology already create objects that stand-in for missing body parts (like prosthetics) but it can even “print” objects that could be used inside humans, such as replacement bones, joints, and other pieces of us, and perhaps soon, even living replacements using human stem cells as the “ink.” Continue reading “Medical Technology that Used to be Science-Fiction”

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