laboratory testing plays a crucial role in the detection, diagnosis,
and treatment of disease. Clinical laboratory personnel examine and
analyze body fluids, and cells. They look for bacteria, parasites, and
other microorganisms; analyze the chemical content of fluids; match
blood for transfusions; and test for drug levels in the blood that show
how a patient is responding to treatment. Technologists also prepare
specimens for examination, count cells, and look for abnormal cells in
blood and body fluids. After testing and examining a specimen, they
analyze the results and relay them to physicians.
*The above information is pulled
directly from the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of
Labor. For more information, please visit the BLS website.