[Histonet] cell blocks

Nicole Tatum nicole <@t> dlcjax.com
Tue Aug 2 14:49:18 CDT 2011

you definitly can run them together. I would just test one before I put
them all in there, because when they are small they can over process and
be very hard and brittle making intrepretation difficult. As far as your
larger fatty gooey specimens. Make sure they are no thicker than 3mm.
Anything bigger doesnt process well on a normal 7hr cycle.

Hope this helps
Nicole Tatum HT ASCP

How does everyone process their cell blocks?  Currently, we use our biopsy
> run for smaller cell blocks, but the larger ones we use our routine tissue
> process.  Our lab manager would like us to look at putting all cell
> blocks, regardless of size, on our biopsy run, to increase turn around
> time.  I have my doubts, since some cell blocks, especially bronch washes
> and pleural fluids, can be quite large and greasy or mucous-y.  What does
> everyone else do?  We use standard 10% NBF, xylene, and paraplast xtra on
> our processors.  We would process on a Leica Peloris.  Our standard bx
> protocol is about 1.5 hours total, and our standard routine protocol is
> about 7 hours.
> Thank you!
> Clare J. Thornton, HTL(ASCP),QIHC
> Assistant Histology Supervisor
> Dahl-Chase Diagnostic Services
> 417 State Street, Suite 540
> Bangor, ME 04401
> cthornton <@t> dahlchase.com
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