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Cytotechnology is a medical laboratory specialty in which the cytotechnologist prepares and examines cellular samples from various body sites under a microscope to identify benign and malignant cell changes. Microorganisms and viral agents can also be identified. The cytotechnologist works closely with the pathologist to reach a diagnosis on the cellular samples submitted for evaluation.
Cytotechnologists also assist physicians in specimen collection and microscopic assessment of adequacy during fine needle aspiration biopsy procedures. The cycotechnologist works closely with the pathologist to reach a diagnosis on the cellular samples submitted for evaluation.
The field is also expanding to include opportunities for cytotechnologists to specialize in the molecular diagnostic testing of cellular samples for identification of Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and other infectious agents known to cause diseases including cancer.
The cytotechnology workforce in the United States and Canada is approximately 6,500 with an average age of 50. With the workforce aging, Cytotechnologists are in demand.