JUN 11, 2015 09:00 AM PDT

Microtomy to Special Stains

  • Associate Marketing Manager, Leica Biosystems
      Jennifer became a Certified HT in 1994. She has 16 years of experience in various pathology laboratory roles including general histology, IHC, animal research, orthopedic research, and neuropathology. She has held positions at University of Rochester as well as Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She has attended numerous workshops and conducted lectures at state, regional and national levels within National Society for Histotechnology(NSH). Ms. Burch has several publications in various industry journals and has served on the Board of Directors for NSH from 2008-2014. She joined Leica in 2009

    In the case of Breast Cancer, the patient's cancer is usually detected by a mammogram or palpitation of an experienced Physician. However, these first indications that something is wrong must be confirmed by a more scientific approach. Usually what follows is an actual biopsy; a sample of the tissue in question is removed from the person. Once a tumor is confirmed from the biopsy, then a more radical surgical approach may be necessary or other treatments are performed. Part 2 of the series addresses the importance of proper microtomy of these surgical samples and knowledge of basics of H&E stains. Learning Objectives: To demonstrate the safety and ergonomics of microtomy. Describe and discuss tips for getting the best section possible in microtomy. Understand and identify the basic chemistry of an H&E stain. Examine photomicrographs of a quality H&E stains.

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