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Biomedical Scientist

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Biomedical Scientist
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Carry out a range of laboratory and scientific tests to support the diagnosis and treatment of disease.


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Biomedical scientists analyse blood, tissues and other specimens to assist with the diagnosis and treatment of disease. They work in laboratories and use equipment such as microscopes and sophisticated computer controlled analysers.  
 
They investigate samples taken from patients during surgery or from people who have been tested as part of a screening programme. They also study samples of tissue taken during post-mortems. All their work is based on a detailed knowledge of biological, biochemical and chemical processes.  
 
After initial general training, biomedical scientists specialise in a particular biomedical science discipline. Some examples are:  
 
Haematology - the study of blood samples to see whether there are any abnormal blood cells. This may indicate that a patient has a condition such as leukaemia. Other abnormalities in levels of clotting factors or haemoglobin, for example, may suggest other illnesses  
 
Histopathology - the study of human tissue, such as heart muscle, to look for signs of disease. The tissue is sliced very thinly, dyed and then studied through a microscope. The biomedical scientist can recognise unusual cells and may assess which disease or illness caused them.  
 
Medical microbiology - the study of micro-organisms, such as bacteria and fungi, which cause disease. The biomedical scientist identifies which antibiotics work most effectively against them. This may involve growing cultures of bacterial colonies in controlled conditions, treating them with different antibiotics and comparing the results  
 
Other biomedical scientists specialise in areas such as virology, blood transfusion, immunology and cytology (primarily studying cervical smears). Biomedical scientists must carefully record their findings so that medical staff can treat the patient accordingly. They may also discuss the results with other professional staff.

 


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You will need to be able to use sophisticated laboratory machines. Good organisational skills are needed to manage multiple investigations and the processing of a mass of data. Computer skills are essential  
 
You need to be conscientious, able to work to a high standard of accuracy and have an eye for detail. You will need good communication skills, patience and the ability to work within a team of health care specialists  
 
They need to achieve the mathematical, computational and instrumentation skills necessary to work in Biomedical science.


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Organisation: Institute of Biomedical Science
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Organisation: Tyndall National Institute
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Organisation: Irish Medical Devices Association
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