Others require slighty invasive techniques which

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areas are sampled by scraping, washing, or brushing the area. Others require slighty invasive techniques, which include fine needle aspirations (FNA) and Wang needle biopsy. After the cells are sampled, they are sent to the cytology lab where they are stained and evaluated by the cytotechnologists and the pathologists. Once a diagnosis is reached, the patient's physician is informed, and the mode of treatment, if any, is determined by the clinician. A cytotechnologist screens gynecological and non-gynecological microscope slides daily for disease. He or she is responsible for determining whether the slide is normal or abnormal by correlating the patient's history and/or symptoms with what is seen on the slide through the microscope. If an abnormal change in the cells is observed, the cytotechnologist then sends his or her observations and the slide(s) to a pathologist for a definitive diagnosis. The cytotechnologist is also responsible for computer data entry (diagnoses, results, etc.) and record keeping. Depending on the institution where the cytotechnologist is employed, he or she may be responsible for other duties. These other duties may include preparing specimens and attending FNA procedures. There also may be an opportunity for cytotechnologists to advance in their careers, becoming
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supervisors, managers, and/or educators. Cytotechnologists are employed at hospitals, commercial labs, universities and in research.
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