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Medical Technician

By Zaf Udin 06/11/2011 Google+

Medical technicians are medical assistants who work in diverse fields in assistance or adjunct to the other medical and healthcare professionals. They may not be as popular as the medical doctors but each medical technician, no matter what specialty they may be in or what equipment or radiologic modality they may operate plays an important role in the diagnosis and treatment and dispensation of patients care.
The term medical technician may apply to persons who are trained to operate equipment and perform tests under the supervision of the certified technologist in their departments. The entry-level for most medical technicians is an associate degree and some states require license which can be acquired after completing necessary education and clinical requirements.
They may work in outpatient medical centers, physician’s offices, and medical and diagnostic laboratories but according to BLS more than 60% of technicians work in the hospitals. Since some of them are not often seen by patients, where in the hospitals do they really work?

Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians

• Certified Phlebotomy Technician
• Histotechnician
• Pulmonary Laboratory Technician
• Medical Records Technician

Operating Room Technicians / Surgical Scrub Technicians

Cardiovascular Technicians

• Electrocardiogram (EKG) Technician

Diagnostic Medical Sonographers

• Abdominal sonographers
• Breast sonographers
• Musculoskeletal sonographers
• Neurosonographers
• Obstetric and gynecologic sonographers

Radiologic Technicians (X-ray Technicians)

• Mammography
• Computer Topography
• Magnetic Resonance Imaging
• Bone Densitometry
• Cardiac-Interventional Radiography
• Vascular Interventional Radiography
• Sonography

Dialysis Technicians

More than half of jobs were in hospitals. Most of the remaining jobs were in offices of physicians and in medical and diagnostic laboratories. A small proportion was in educational services and in all other ambulatory health care services