cytotechnologist


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cytotechnologist

[‚sīd·ō‚tek′näl·ə·jəst]
(pathology)
A person trained to prepare smears of and examine exfoliated cells, referring abnormalities to a physician.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Initially, I was hesitant--but patients needed results, and no one else among the team of cytopathologists and cytotechnologists had histology experience.
Cytotechnologists are medical laboratory professionals who study human cellular samples for evidence of cancer and other diseases.
* Menstrual blood and inflammatory cells can mask abnormal cells; these cells would not be visible to the cytotechnologist.
The present study found 15% TP HPV infection in LSIL reported by the cytotechnologist and 57% reported by the pathologist, a difference statistically significant was found when these results were compared (p < 0.00003).
A cytotechnologist who discovers evidence of disease marks the slide for the pathologist and then writes up the findings, often taking photos to support conclusions.
The slide is delivered to a laboratory where a cytotechnologist (a lab professional who reviews your Pap test slides) and, when necessary, a pathologist (a health care professional who examines bodily tissue samples) examines the sample for any abnormalities.
The cytotechnologist's job is to determine if changes in the cells are consistent with a certain type of abnormality and flag those cases for further testing.
Nevertheless, there are numerous flaws in the screening method, including barriers to access, inadequate sampling of the cervix, unrepresentative transfer of the collected material to the slide, and inaccurate interpretation by the cytotechnologist and pathologist.
Melanie Williams, 31, is a cytotechnologist in Plano, Texas.