[Histonet] Color-Coding Biopsies

Carole Fields cgfields <@t> lexhealth.org
Wed Aug 4 10:27:11 CDT 2004

We have used mercurochrome and Cobalt Blue to color biopsies.  However the
mercurochrome has mercury in it so we are going to switch to something else
also...not sure what.  Cobalt Chloride works great but I'm not sure this
group will go for blue tissue.  You can put it in your last alcohol on the
processor and you cannot see it on the finished slide.  Worked great in
Texas.  You can also make it as dark or light as you want.  We use agar for
prostate biopsies.  www.palpath.com/agar.htm  after that click on more agar
tips.. It will explain how we process biopsies.  My pathologist Dr. Shaw
came up with the procedures.
Good luck.
Carole Fields
Lex Med Ctn
W.Columbia, SC

-----Original Message-----
From: Weems, Joyce [mailto:JWEEMS <@t> sjha.org]
Sent: Wednesday, August 04, 2004 10:45 AM
To: Histonet
Subject: [Histonet] Color-Coding Biopsies

Hello Group, 
Is anyone color coding prostate and/or breast biopsies to help with
identification of these little critters? The color would be dictated into
the gross description and would aid in being certain multiple biopsies of
like tissue did not get mixed up. 
We're thinking of doing this, and I would like to get your ideas. 
Thanks in advance. j:>)
Joyce Weems
Pathology Manager
Saint Joseph's Hospital 
5665 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30342
404-851-7376 - Phone
404-851-7831 - Fax

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