Study Medical Laboratory Science at the University of Otago
Are you interested in finding out what is going on inside the body?
Welcome to the world of the medical laboratory. It's a world of technology, science, and mystery, where medical laboratory scientists and pathologists find answers to questions that are both routine and miraculous. Does this tissue sample contain cancer? What can this woman's blood tell us about her health? Is this unborn child developing normally? Is this drug effectively stopping the infection? Why did this man die?
In the laboratory, a highly-skilled team of pathologists and medical laboratory scientists, technicians, and specialists work together to solve the mysteries, put the pieces of the puzzle together, and answer the critical questions of medicine.
More than 70% of medical decisions made by physicians are based on laboratory findings. In fact, the practice of modern medicine would be impossible without the tests performed in the laboratory.
Pathologists and medical laboratory professionals are the behind-the-scenes backbone of medicine. Their field of exploration includes a vast span, from gross human anatomy to the genetic and molecular particles that affect it.
They are the researchers, the investigators, and some say, the real heroes of medicine.