Career Options

An interest and ability in sciences, data analysis and technology, a passion for helping others and a desire to make a difference are all traits and characteristics that lend themselves to a diverse career in medical diagnostics.

Diagnostic professionals working in laboratories and imaging facilities play a vital role in health care by delivering a wide range of testing that leads to diagnosis and the appropriate physician-prescribed treatment.

There are many different career options for those interested in medical diagnostics – from Medical Laboratory Technologist and Medical Radiological Technologist to specialty positions in both lab and diagnostic imaging.

Imaging Careers

Specializes in the use of CT scanners to produce images of the body to detect illness and injury.

  • Educational Requirements: In addition to completing an accredited Medical Radiological Technology program, further study in Computed Tomography may be required.
  • Education Institutions: A certificate program is offered through the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists.

Detects illness and injury using equipment such as X-ray machines and CT scanners to produce images of the body; Other imaging procedures include Angiography, Fluoroscopy, Mammography and Bone Densitometry; MRTs deal directly with patients while administering procedures and must be sensitive to their needs and be able to put them at ease during a procedure.

  • Educational Requirements: 27 credit hours of post-secondary education and completion of an accredited Medical Radiological Technology Program.
  • Education Institutions: Red River College Medical Radiological Technology Program RRC Program Catalogue.

Specializes in the use of MRI scanners to produce images of the body to detect illness and injury.

  • Educational Requirements: In addition to completing an accredited Medical Radiological Technology, Radiation Therapy or Nuclear Medicine program, further study in an MRI program is required.
  • Education Institutions: Red River College Medical Radiological Technology Program RRC Program Catalogue.

Studies the function of moving structures within the body in real-time using high-frequency sound waves to produce images.

  • Educational Requirements: Graduation from a two-year patient-related allied health education program such as X-ray technologist, nuclear medicine technologist, laboratory technologist, respiratory therapist or registered nurse); OR a relevant Bachelor’s degree and completion of an accredited Ultrasound Technology (Medical Sonography) training program.
  • Education Institutions: Red River College Diagnostic Medical Sonography

 

Laboratory Careers

Conducts tests on chromosomes, DNA and RNA from cells of body fluids and tissues to diagnostic genetic diseases.

  • Educational Requirements: Two or more university-level genetics courses (either in Human Genetics or Molecular Genetics); OR a Bachelor of Science degree with two or more university-level genetics courses (either in Human Genetics or Molecular Genetics) and successful completion of an accredited Genetics Technology training program.
  • Educational Institutions: The Michener Institute British Columbia Institute of Technology.

Using a microscope, performs morphologic and biochemical analysis on cells taken from the body, for the purpose of interpreting their features and detecting cancer and other diseases at a cellular level; Cytotechnologists are the first point of detection of cell defects.

  • Educational Requirements: 24 credits of post-secondary science and completion of an accredited Diagnostic Cytology training program.
  • Education Institutions: Program not currently offered.

Performs support functions to assist Medical Laboratory Technologists in their daily procedures; Duties include preparing and dispensing media and solutions used in departments, accessioning, receiving, processing of specimens received in the laboratory and phlebotomy (blood collection).

  • Educational Requirements: Completion of a Medical Laboratory Assistant training program.
  • Education Institutions: Herzing College Neeginan Institute of Applied Technology Robertson College – Winnipeg Campus Robertson College – Brandon Campus.

Performs analysis on tissue, blood and other body fluids to detect disease and monitor treatments; MLTs can work in a variety of disciplines including Clinical Biochemistry, Diagnostic Cytology, Clinical Genetics, Hematopathology, Immunology Microbiology, Pathology and Transfusion Medicine; Responsibilities can include sample collection (phlebotomy), reagent preparation, preparing samples for analysis, performing sample analysis, assessing results for accuracy and performing quality control checks, calibrating and maintaining equipment and communicating urgent results.

  • Educational Requirements: 24 credits of post secondary sciences and completion of an accredited Medical Laboratory Sciences (Technology) program.
  • Education Institutions: Red River College Medical Laboratory Sciences Program RRC Program Catalogue.

Dissects surgical specimens, prepares them for testing and provides detailed descriptions for Pathologists’ reports.

  • Educational Requirements: Bachelor of Science degree and completion of Pathology Assistant Program or completion of a recognized Medical Laboratory Sciences program and specialized on-the-job training.
  • Education Institutions: University of Manitoba Faculty of Medicine PA Program.


Careers in medical diagnostics can also lead to opportunities as technical specialists as well as in education, management and sales.

Diagnostic Services also employs support staff in a variety of administrative and clerical roles including Medical Transcription and Stenography.

 

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