Have you ever wondered how doctors diagnose diseases? Do you want to know what happens to your blood sample at your Doctor’s office? Are you curious as to how risk for the development of a heart attack is determined? Welcome to the world inside the medical laboratory, a world where clinical laboratory scientists and other laboratory professionals find answers to these questions and much more.
Clinical laboratory scientists provide critical information in all areas of health and medicine. Whether uncovering diseases such as diabetes and cancer; typing patients and blood products for transfusion; or determining which bacteria is causing a patient’s infection and which antibiotic will be most effective – the practice of modern medicine would be close to impossible without the valuable information provided by these professionals.
Clinical laboratory scientists perform a full array of complex tests in five major areas of the laboratory including:
- Transfusion Medicine
- Molecular Diagnostics
The Clinical Laboratory Science program is in the UAB School of Health Professions Department of Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences. Email AskCDS@uab.edu or call 205-934-3209 for more information about CLS or CDS.