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Analyze samples in a lab microscope to spot abnormal cell growth.

What does a Cytotechnologist do?

“The Blob,.Abnormal cell growth” means that the shape and function of the cell are off, or different from what it should be.

These samples can come from any part of the body. For example, you might look at cells from a patient’s urinary tract, lymph nodes, lungs, liver, or reproductive organs. In other words, you can work on pretty much any part of the body with cells that can mutate.

Then you combine your knowledge of what a normal cell should look like with the patient’s medical history. If they have a family history of sickle cell anemia, for instance, and they’re showing outward symptoms of it, you keep this in mind while looking at their cell shape. Once done looking at a sample, you make a detailed record of what you’ve found and send it back to the doctor.

As you can see, the work of a cytotechnologist is very important. You’re the person who has the knowledge and skill to catch that “blob” early. Thanks to you, many patients are spared from worse affliction and even death.

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