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Allied News September 25, 2018

By Jade Davenport

Technological Innovations that are Driving Laboratory Medicine

Technology drives the medical industry and new advancements have a huge impact on stationary medical lab procedures and laboratory travel jobs. With so many innovations hitting the market every week, it can be difficult to keep up with all the new tech gadgets and programs that you may have to face in your profession.

To get you started, here are the top five technology innovations that are influencing medical labs today.

If you're trained to work in the medical field and interested in the opportunity to see the world, find out how Club Staffing can help you land your dream position with one of the many laboratory travel jobs available.



1. Volumetric Absorptive Microsampling (VAMS) technology for substance abuse monitoring
Alcala Labs is offering the Mitra microsampling device commercially to substance abuse centers. Using VAMS technology, the Mitra enables testing for opioids and alcohol with a simple prick of the finger on site. This replaces the need those with laboratory travel jobs to request urine samples and generates more accurate results by reducing the chance of specimen tampering.

2. Adhesive patch for testing blood glucose levels
Diabetics will no longer need to prick their fingers to find out their blood sugar levels. An adhesive patch, developed by a University of Bath research team, is able to use hair follicles to pull glucose from fluid between cells for testing. The patch is able to keep track of glucose levels throughout the day without the need for blood calibration.

3. New blood test increases accuracy for prostate cancer risk
A new blood test has been developed that paints a more accurate picture of prostate cancer risk in men. Instead of measuring PSA as standard tests do, the new IsoPSA test measures molecular changes within the PSA protein. This new technique can more accurately determine who suffers from high-risk disease and reduces false positives associated with traditional testing methods.

4. Advanced cervical HPV testing for early cervical cancer detection
A study published by the JAMA Network suggests traditional Pap smears are less effective at detecting early stages of cervical cancer than cervical HPV testing. Detection of the virus, which is the leading cause of cervical cancer, can better predict who will develop precancerous lesions.

5. Home screening kits for colon cancer help with early detection
Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related death in the U.S., but invasive colonoscopies often prevent people from taking the initiative to get screened. The Cologuard home screening kit helps with earlier detection and allows people to assess their risk from the comfort of their homes.

If you're interested in applying for laboratory travel jobs in your area, Club Staffing has the tools you need to land a position that exposes you to the latest technology in medical labs. Check out our resources to increase your chances of working with the most innovative technologies in your field and apply today.


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