Medical Laboratory Science – An Overview

Medical laboratory science has grown from humble and peripheral roots to the central status it now occupies in healthcare. It has become an integral part of patient management.

Definition 

Medical laboratory science carries out biochemical, molecular, or microbiological aspects of patient tissues or samples. The ultimate aim is to play a positive role in the management of the patient and restoration or maintenance of good health.

Role of Medical laboratory science

  1. Diagnosis. Traditional/historical context
  2. Monitoring disease progression and response to treatment. 
  3. Therapeutic decision making support
  4. Drug development 
  5. Public health reasons including epidemic response
  6. Mandated testing

We will briefly expound some of the functions in our subsequent posts.