Medical Laboratory Technologist (MLT)
Medical laboratory technologists (MLTs) play a critical role in the health system by performing lab tests on blood, body fluids, cells and tissues – nearly half a million in Ontario each day.
A blood sugar test to diagnose and monitor diabetes…a biopsy to check for cancer…prenatal testing to detect genetic diseases…enzyme analysis to identify heart disease…assessment of cells and tissues to aid surgical decisions – these and thousands of other tests performed by MLTs provide the results other health professionals need to deliver the best care.
MLTs in various specialties collect and process specimens, analyze results, and interpret findings. The knowledge and expertise of the MLT contributes to innovation in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases and medical conditions.
In accordance with the legislation, MLTs:
- are the only individuals allowed to use the restricted title of medical laboratory technologist
- have a defined scope of practice, which includes authorization to perform a medical act
- may extend their professional practice beyond their scope of practice through delegation and medical directives
- meet strict safety and ethical standards and are held accountable for their conduct and practice, so the public can have confidence in their lab tests.