[Histonet] Film or glass
tkngflght <@t> yahoo.com
Fri Mar 16 10:12:11 CDT 2007
There are advantages to both. These are, of course, my opinions:
Film is simpler/faster but has some disadvantages-
-the machine has less moving parts to break
-if you run out of film, you go back to hand coverslipping--should
maintain supplies just in case.
-there are a few tricks to it--acclimate the film to ambient room
temp for a day before using.
-Keep the machine CLEAN or it bunches up.
-If your storage isn't climate controlled you'll have trouble with
yellowing and rarely, fogging.
-The slip is hard to remove--acetone works but the sludge is messy
and it leaves a residue.
-On thick preps (cytos)it is harder to fill in the bubbles.
-The machine is more complex and a little harder to maintain
-You can use anyone's slips--no limited suppliers
-The machine is more expensive, but supplies are less
-Storage--no issues and no adjustments by your pathologists.
-If slips break in the machine--they're a pain to clean up.
I know I listed fewer issues for the glass--it's obviously my preferred
Hope this helps!
Cheryl Kerry, HT(ASCP)
Full Staff Inc.
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From: histonet-bounces <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu
[mailto:histonet-bounces <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu] On Behalf Of Marcia Funk
Sent: Friday, March 16, 2007 9:34 AM
To: histonet <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu
Subject: [Histonet] Film or glass
I know you can help... I'm looking at glass or film coverslipper what do you
find best about film or glass.
We are using glass and still coversliping by hand... I know we are little
behind with that part of our lab
but you know how budget and Histo goes sometime... So if you can share I
really would like
to hear from you, I value your imput.
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