Troubleshooting in a Histology Lab

#7 Tissue Processing Artefacts

The most noticeable tissue processing artefacts are the wrinkles and tears in the tissue sections which are evident even at low power

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#6 Understanding Tissue Processor Procedures

Standard tissue processing may be carried out on any number of open and closed tissue processors, although closed processors are preferred due to safety concerns, both for the tissues and laboratory personnel.

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#5 Troubleshooting in the Histology Laboratory

The first four blogs of the troubleshooting series focused on being proactive with regard to the prevention of sub-optimal events in the histology laboratory

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#4 Alternative Methods for Preparing and Embedding Specimens

Some specimens may be very tiny; on the order of less than 0.1 cm. Some preparation methods employ the use of mesh cassettes, “tea bag” biopsy pouches, sponges, wrapping paper, etc. to contain the specimen and prevent it from escaping the tissue processing cassette.

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#3 Specimen Identification & Optimal Embedding

No matter what type of histology laboratory you work in – hospital, research, reference, teaching facility – there will be times when you receive specimens that you do not normally receive.

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#2 “Non-Routine” Handling

In the previous blog we looked at one way to minimize troubleshooting by being proactive and looking ahead to possible situations and procedures that exist in your laboratory that may cause sub-optimal events. This blog will continue with that same mind set.

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