[Histonet] A question on bone sections

Monfils, Paul PMonfils <@t> Lifespan.org
Thu Jan 25 10:02:38 CST 2007

If by a "regular microtome blade" you mean a standard thickness disposable blade, then you will probably have difficulties. Standard disposable blades are too thin to cut very dense tissues without flexing. I do a lot of bone work here , on mice and larger animals. Using a standard disposable blade on bone will often result in chatter or "venetian blind" effect, and sometimes chipping out pieces from the block.  For bone I use Surgipath thick blades.  They twice as thick as standard blades and much more rigid.

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> Dear all,
> We have parrafin embedded bone of mouse tibia (decalcified).  Can
> sections (longitudinal) of the bone be cut with a regular microtome
> blade or a special blade? We intend to do H&E staining on these sections
> and cut soft tissue sections (mouse) in our own lab routinely.  
> This is the first time we are dealing with bone.  Any advice will be
> very helpful and appreciated.
> Thanks, Jian
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