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COLS Special Reports Med Tech

Hailey Thimmig (left) and Tyler Radke (center) learn about the Coulter Counter from John Strous, director of the medical technology program. Photo by Tom Hanaway, journalism.

Hailey Thimmig pulls on her bright purple hospital gloves and puts on her white lab coat. Cautiously, she picks up a test tube filled with a blood sample. She rotates the test tube a few times, punches some numbers into a computer and pops the test tube into the Culter Counter, a cell counting machine.

“We’re counting all kinds of aspects of blood – red and white blood cells, platelets, hemoglobin factors and a lot of other things,” Thimmig says, adding that med techs look for abnormalities in the blood that could eventually help doctors make diagnoses.

Thimmig, a third-year student in the medical technology program at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, is learning the ins and outs of being a medical technologist, the professionals who test the fluids of a patient, read the results and interpret the information for doctors.

Read the full story at COLS Special Reports.

Story by Bradley Beck and Tom Hanaway , COLS Special Reports.

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