Medical scientists perform laboratory tests on blood, other body fluids and tissue samples which provide information to assist in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease. They test samples for the presence of disease and potential causes, which may include bacteria, viruses or parasites. They may also run tests to determine the chemical composition of the sample and concentrations of naturally occurring components, such as testing blood to determine a blood group and the concentrations of red and white blood cells. The results of these tests can be used to assist general practitioners and other medical specialists to effectively treat and prevent disease.
Government of WA Department of Training and Workplace Development. (2017). Medical Laboratory Scientist. Retrieved from: http://www.careercentre.dtwd.wa.gov.au/Occupations/Pages/medical-laboratory-scientist.aspx