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Medical Laboratory Science

What do professionals in Medical Laboratory Science do?

Qualified Medical Laboratory Scientists are highly trained health professionals who work in pathology laboratories and play a crucial and integral role in the healthcare of South Africa. Many medical laboratories are linked to hospitals and are generally equipped with sophisticated and modern analytical instruments.

It is a specialized profession providing patient sample analysis for diagnostic purposes to private and public medical professionals through analysis of blood, urine, cells, tissues samples, DNA and other body fluids. Due to the hazards of handling infectious material, all laboratories conform to stringent safety procedures.

Medical Laboratory Scientists are responsible for the vitally important task of processing and analysing the samples taken by medical practitioners and thereby assisting with an accurate diagnosis and subsequently influencing a specific course of treatment.