[Histonet] microtomes

Amos Brooks amosbrooks <@t> gmail.com
Fri Nov 18 07:55:01 CST 2011

    If you are concerned about the thickness of the sections being accurate
to the setting, I would suggest picking up a cheap micrometer from a
hardware store. (OK perhaps not cheap as you will want a quality one, but
the cost of these isn't terrible.) You can't really measure 5 microns (or
whatever you cut at) well, so you will need to take 10-50 sections of a
blank block. Remember to keep a constant rhythm that you would use on a
normal block. Measure the thickness before and after then divide these
thicknesses by the number of sections taken. Remember, also, to take the
measurements at the same temperature that you are cutting the sections at.
If your difference isn't exactly right how far off is it? You would then
know if you should use a higher or lower setting on the microtome.


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> From: Salomao Segal <ssegal2 <@t> slu.edu>
> Subject: [Histonet] microtomes
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> The settings in a rotary microtome may indicate the thickness of sections
> but...
> how do you know that it indeed cuts at the indicated thickness,
> particularly if it is say an old device that you inherit from somebody
> else's lab junk?
> Is there a way of measuring the magnitude of advances after each rotation?
> Thanks
> Solomon Segal

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