Theresa Raju-Arroyo - ‘I spend the bulk of our time testing blood and bodily fluids. I use complex laboratory equipment to ascertain a wide variety of information.
For example, I may examine specimens for bacteria, viruses or parasites. I may measure levels of drugs or other chemicals in the blood to help ensure medications are at their most therapeutic levels. I look at the chemical content of the blood to determine deficiencies in nutrients or excesses of cholesterol or blood sugars. I make use of cell counters, cultures, microscopes and various other equipment, which I must also know how to calibrate, run quality control and maintain all instruments and equipment. I must also follow the protocol for analyzing, interpreting and delivering test results.
I play a vital role in helping to detect, diagnose and treat illnesses. I prepare, test, and examine blood and other bodily fluids and tissue samples to find disease, infection, and chemical imbalances in patients.
Diagnostic tests are extremely important, and advances in technology and medicine have increased their accuracy and application. Computerized and automated equipment is often used and the complexity and accuracy of this equipment is expected to increase in the future. I play a crucial role in the detection, diagnosis, and treatment of disease. I analyze the results and relay them to physicians, 24 hours a day-7 days a week.’
Medical Technologist, Medical Center Clinical Labs