Interviews & Features

These medical technology features offer insights from seasoned professionals in the field through interviews and expert-written content. They explore issues within specific medical field communities, what to know before entering various careers, and valuable perspectives from contemporary leaders and professors.
medical lab technician looks through microscope

No matter the size of the city, every metropolitan area needs health professionals to provide the healthcare needs of its citizens. Histotechnologists are essential allied health professionals who play a pivotal role in helping pathologists diagnose diseases by preparing tissue samples for examination.

surgical team in the O.R.

Nursing isn’t the only healthcare career that requires less time in school than becoming a physician or surgeon and still pays a decent wage. Different kinds of medical technicians and technologists receive higher pay than you might think. For instance, certified surgical technologists (CSTs) make good money and are in high demand.

electronic health record on technician's computer screen

Health data is nothing new, but the way it’s recorded and transferred has evolved significantly. Paper records and fax machines have been replaced with Electronic Health Records (EHRs) and the Internet of Things (IoT). The speed, accuracy, and volume of health data today is light years ahead of where it once was.

surgical team in the O.R.

Colorado is one of 40 U.S. states that does not require any formal education or credentials for its surgical technicians. In fact, surgical technologists are the only members of the surgical team not required to meet certain educational standards or hold a certification. This comes as a surprise to many, considering that these medical professionals have access to supplies like drugs and equipment in medical centers.

doctor and nurse consult with dialysis patient

Despite the health benefits and convenience of being able to perform dialysis treatments at home, the percentage of dialysis patients in the U.S. that do the treatment at home compared to in-center is still very small. More than 90 percent of patients undergoing maintenance dialysis use conventional in-center hemodialysis, as opposed to home-based dialysis. Compared to other areas of the world, the U.S. is behind.

Young scientists analyzing substances in laboratory

In his testimony, Hotez revealed that we could be much closer to introducing one to market if his lab had been able to move its SARS vaccine through clinical trials back in 2016. This turned out to be a galling missed opportunity for scientists to get ahead of COVID-19 because of the similarities between the two viruses.

patient undergoing radiation therapy

The ASRT and WVSRT are on constant alert because there have been continued efforts in West Virginia and other states to repeal licensure for radiation therapists and technologists. Those attempts to repeal are part of a broader trend towards the deregulation of several forms of occupational licensing.

Medical lab scientist records findings on paper

The United States now has over 85,000 cases of COVID-19—presumptive and confirmed—more than any other country. Medically known as severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), this highly infectious strain was originally discovered in Wuhan, China in November 2019.

medical assistant at keyboard

Medicine and treatments used to treat cancers with radiation fall under the category of nuclear medicine. A number of Medicare recipients often experience difficulty when making claims under their coverage for certain nuclear medicine treatments.

health information technologist on laptop, with medical record in foreground

When it comes to the mainstream applications of bleeding-edge technological advancement, the healthcare industry is often on the front line. For such a massive and complex institution, it’s been remarkably adept at integrating things like big data into actionable and practical solutions.