[Histonet] Formalin substitutes, anyone?

Tony Henwood AnthonyH <@t> chw.edu.au
Tue Aug 3 18:58:20 CDT 2010

Hi Michael

No we do not use formalin substitutes


Tony Henwood JP, MSc, BAppSc, GradDipSysAnalys, CT(ASC)
Laboratory Manager & Senior Scientist
Tel: 612 9845 3306
Fax: 612 9845 3318
the children's hospital at westmead 
Cnr Hawkesbury Road and Hainsworth Street, Westmead 
Locked Bag 4001, Westmead NSW 2145, AUSTRALIA 

I am curious!! In a Histonet message last week, Tony Henwood mentioned
the formalin substitutes "UMfix", "Kryofix" (now called Neo-fix I think)
and "Spuitfix". 

1) How many  surgical pathology labs use formalin substitutes for
routine work? 
2) Which ones do they use? (which is the most popular?)
3) Do they use formalin substitutes just for initial fixation, or on
their tissue processors as well?

I would be interested in hearing. Yes, I know, curiosity killed the
cat!! Thank you to anyone who replies. Histotechnology is endlessly

Michael Titford
Pathology USA
Mobile AL USA

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