Stains, mounts, and studies cells to detect evidence of cancer, hormonal abnormalities, and other pathological conditions following established standards and practices.
This career is part of the Health Science cluster Diagnostic Services pathway.
A person in this career:
- Submits slides with abnormal cell structures to pathologists for further examination.
- Provides patient clinical data or microscopic findings to assist pathologists in the preparation of pathology reports.
- Examines cell samples to detect abnormalities in the color, shape, or size of cellular components and patterns.
- Documents specimens by verifying patients' and specimens' information.
- Maintains effective laboratory operations by adhering to standards of specimen collection, preparation, or laboratory safety.
- Prepares and analyzes samples, such as Papanicolaou (PAP) smear body fluids and fine needle aspirations (FNAs), to detect abnormal conditions.
- Examines specimens using microscopes to evaluate specimen quality.
- Assists pathologists or other physicians to collect cell samples such as by fine needle aspiration (FNA) biopsies.
- Assigns tasks or coordinates task assignments to ensure adequate performance of laboratory activities.
- Adjusts, maintains, or repairs laboratory equipment such as microscopes.
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