[Histonet] sectioning

Gudrun Lang gudrun.lang <@t> aon.at
Sat Dec 20 13:18:54 CST 2003

We use only slide microtomes for routine histology. I am working as a
histotech for ten years.
My average speed is 10 slides in 10-15 min (one cut on one slide);
and 10 slides in 20-25 min (4 cuts on one slide, biopsies)
We (2-3 persons) cut every day from 7 to 11. And each person does ca. 80-100
slides to manage the extent of one day.
After this we are happy to stand up. I cannot believe, that anyone cuts
eight hours a day without any troubles. (on body and mind)

Gudrun Lang
Linz, Austria

----- Original Message -----
From: <EliMarGo <@t> aol.com>
To: <histonet <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu>
Sent: Friday, December 19, 2003 9:44 PM
Subject: [Histonet] sectioning

> Hello everyone,
> This is the first time I use histonet and I hope I do it right.:) I have a
pretty general question and hope you can help me with it. Can anyone tell me
what is the average number of slides one tech. can section per an 8 hour
> I was recently asked this question by my boss and truthfully I can produce
250+ slides for serial cuts, more if it is regular sectioning. The reason I
am asking is because I am curious to know if this is the norm or if I have
to work on my speed. I also have to add that I have only been doing this
type of work for about 1.5 years now.Hope someone can give me the
information I seek.
> Happy Holidays everyone!!
> Sincerely,
> Elisa Gonzalez
> Research Tech. II
> Doheny Eye Institute
> Pathology Department
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