[Histonet] IHC validation

Joe Nocito jnocito <@t> satx.rr.com
Tue Feb 8 16:43:44 CST 2011

Greetings Histoland,
I need some help. We are about to switch IHC machines from the Richard-Allen Axiom to the Ventana Benchmark Ultra. How many slides, per antibody, do you run for the validation study? We have over 100 primary antibodies. Normally, when we work up a new antibody, we  start with a titer. Once that is established, we run 10 cases to check for specificity. Hopefully we can obtain cases that are really positive, some weakly positive and some flat out negative. Once that is completed, we run 10 different tissue types to check for any unexpected cross-reactivity. 
    The ultra holds 30 slides and we are receiving two machines. If we run 10 slides/antibody, that's going to take a while, not to mention the number of detection kits that will be used. Do you think 5 slides/antibody is sufficient? I emailed CAP last week for their take and they never returned my email (I told my medical director to hold their check for the year and see how fast they respond to that). Ah oh, don't go down that road Joe, it's unhealthy. What are your thoughts? Thanks

Joe (JTT)


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