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"Old" techs want new "tricks".

At the risk of sounding old, outdated and just plain out-of-touch, I was reading your article "What goes around, comes around: A review of circulating tumor cells" from the April 2010 MLO, and it got me wondering. I have been a practicing medical technologist for nearly 30 years, and a lot has changed in that time.


With DNA analysis, FISH testing, microarrays, and now CTCs, among other technologies, exactly who is doing the testing? What kind of background do these people have? Are there any medical technologists? How do you find out about these jobs? What do they pay? They seem enormously interesting and challenging as well as making a huge contribution to patient care and outcome. Do medical technology students get introduced to this new technology, even in theory? Is the shrinking pool of medical technologists at least fractionally due to the explosion of this technology and need for highly skilled workers?

It seems to me that this type of technology would be a marriage made in heaven for experienced medical technologists looking for more of the same, so to speak. Being mechanically inclined as is the nature of our careers, this technology would seem to lend itself to an experienced tech looking to branch in to something else but staying true to the field. So, are there medical technologists running these sophisticated analyzers?

--Alison Ide-Smith, MBA, MT(ASCP)

Laboratory Manager

Connecticut Oncoloy and Hematology LLP

Torrington, CT
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Title Annotation:Readers respond
Author:Ide-Smith, Alison
Publication:Medical Laboratory Observer
Article Type:Letter to the editor
Date:Jun 1, 2010
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