Laboratory tests are commonly required for patients undergoing checkup and those who complain some discomfort in various parts of their body. Normally, doctors would advise their patients to provide samples (urine, stool, and blood) for examination. The results of these tests help the doctor determine what kind of ailment you have and decide which treatment is the best to relieve you of the discomfort you’re feeling. The big question is, are laboratory results truly accurate?
Most hospitals have their own diagnostic laboratory and medical technicians, who have an agreement with the hospital. There are also outside labs or private laboratories run and managed by private-practice doctors or health clinics.
There are also those who are run by insurance companies or clinical research organizations. Most of them use cloud-based laboratory information systems to help them store patient information, as well as results of their diagnostic tests. In case of an emergency, LABWORKS noted that this system could become a critical tool for doctors on how to proceed.
Aside from microscopes and other common apparatus, diagnostic laboratories have equipment at their disposal to determine the composition of the patient’s sample properly. They use different equipment for a variety of tests. There is the ultracentrifuge, which is, according to Wiley’s Global Research, for separating particles dispersed in a composite mixture. They also have a gas chromatograph, which helps lab technicians separate chemicals in a particular sample for later analysis.
They are known by many names, such as Clinical Laboratory Scientists (CLS), Medical Laboratory Technicians (MLT), or Medical Laboratory Scientists (MLS) and yet they have one important function. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, their main function is to receive samples like body fluids or tissues and conduct tests to analyze their chemical composition. Their findings are crucial as this can greatly aid doctors in determining the proper treatment for patients. In order to be a CLS, MLT or MLS, you need to undergo a stringent certification process and obtain a license.
Although mostly hidden from view, the CLS and their equipment perform some of the most important functions in the medical field. The accuracy of their findings has earned them the respect of both doctors and patients alike. With the help of equipment and software applications, laboratories will continue to save lives by coming up with accurate analysis of tests.