[Histonet] Microtome alignment

joelle weaver joelleweaver <@t> hotmail.com
Wed Aug 18 04:19:55 CDT 2010

This is a learned histology skill, but there are some devices which can be used to align different microtomes available, and you can test your adjustments with "blank" blocks. Also newer microtomes have a device on the block holder that will align the position in the X-Y axis in the "zero" position. 
Joelle Weaver
> From: Sharon.Davis-Devine <@t> carle.com
> To: histonet <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu
> Date: Tue, 17 Aug 2010 14:16:26 -0500
> Subject: [Histonet] Microtome alignment
> We are having a continuing issue of too much tissue being cut off when facing off a block for recuts. We have tried a couple of different methods for aligning our microtomes without much success. Does anyone out there have any advice on how to properly align them and what tool to use? Also, how often do you perform this re-alignment? The majority of our microtomes are older so more wear and tear and things move out of place more often. Any help or suggestions will be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
> Sharon Davis-Devine, CT (ASCP)
> Cytology-Histology Supervisor
> Carle Foundation Hospital
> Laboratory and Pathology Services
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> Urbana, Illinois 61801
> 217-383-3572
> sharon.davis-devine <@t> carle.com
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