[Histonet] to microwave or not to microwave

Phyllis Thaxton dchihc <@t> yahoo.com
Tue Mar 29 15:18:17 CDT 2011

Hi Karla,

We chose the Sakura XPress microwave processor. We have had it now for over two 
years. We eliminated an entire night shift (everyone works day shift now), we 
drastically reduced xylene usage (we only use it on the H&E stainer, we use none 
for processing anymore). The processing system takes about 1 hour and 30 minutes 
to process. I can run breast tissue and GI biopsies on the same run. It is still 
truly amazing to me sometimes.
  We have cassettes coming off every 40 minutes to an hour now. The techs 
rotate so that we still have time to do special stains, IHC, frozens...etc. It 
has been a life saver for us.

 Phyllis Thaxton HT(ASCP)QIHC
DCH Regional Medical Center
Tuscaloosa, AL 

From: Karla Sendelbach <Karla.Sendelbach <@t> thedacare.org>
To: "histonet <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu" <histonet <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu>
Sent: Mon, March 28, 2011 12:44:02 PM
Subject: [Histonet] to microwave or not to microwave

We are evaluating rapid tissue processing instruments. I would appreciate any 
comments about microwave tissue process and rapid non microwave tissue process. 
Peloris II, STP 420ES and  Milestone Pathos come to mind. Also, is there anyone 
who switched from microwave processing to rapid non microwave tissue processing?
Thank you,
Dr. Sendelbach
Appleton Medical Center
Appleton Wisconsin
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