Cytotechnology is the microscopic interpretation of cells to detect cancer and other abnormalities. A cytotechnologist is a health professional trained in cytotechnologist. He/she evaluates specimens on glass slides using microscopes.
General duties of these professionals include collecting samples, preparing and examining slides, writing reports, and delivering test results to physicians and patients.
An ideal candidate for the position of cytotechnologist should possess excellent analytical skills, accuracy, decision-making abilities, time management skills, excellent computer competencies, and the ability to work independently or supervised by a pathologist.
Different countries have different certification requirements and standards for cytotechnologists. Employers generally prefer candidates with a bachelor’s degree in cytopathology technology, biology, or a related medical field and ASCP certification. Accredited cytotechnology training is also mandatory.
Following is a sample job description for cytopathologist position:
Cytotechnologist Job Description Sample
• Prepare the microscopic slides from specimens of human cells
• Document specimens by verifying patient and specimen identification.
• Examine cell samples using microscope to detect potential abnormalities in their makeup and structure
• Classify and distinguishes abnormal cell structures
• Report abnormalities to pathologists for further examination
• Prepare samples, such as Papanicolaou (PAP) smear, body fluids, and fine needle aspirations (FNAs), and analyse them to detect abnormal conditions
• Prepare cell samples by applying special staining techniques, such as chromosomal staining, to differentiate cells or cell components.
• Prepare stains, solutions, and reagents to be used for slides
• Perform evaluation of cell samples according to established protocols with accuracy in an efficient manner
• Keep a daily log of specimens examined and document all findings in the log
• Perform maintenance on microscopes and other lab equipment, which includes cleaning and calibrating equipment as needed to keep it functioning properly
• Adhere to all lab safety protocols to avoid contamination of specimens and minimize the risk of workplace incidents
• Work cooperatively with supervisors and colleagues and maintain a good rapport with other departments