[Histonet] demonstration of asbestos by means of electron microscopy

Connolly, Brett M brett_connolly <@t> merck.com
Tue Nov 22 08:13:17 CST 2011


Yes it is, TEM is often used for asbestos detection in lung tissue to identify chrysotile and/or crocidolite (mesothelioma-associated) asbestos fibers.

There are a lot of publications out there...


Brett M. Connolly, Ph.D.
Imaging Research Fellow
Merck & Co., Inc.
PO Box 4, WP-44K
West Point, PA 19486
brett_connolly <@t> merck.com
T- 215-652-2501
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From: histonet-bounces <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu [mailto:histonet-bounces <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu] On Behalf Of Yolanda Davies
Sent: Tuesday, November 22, 2011 4:14 AM
To: histonet <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu
Subject: [Histonet] demonstration of asbestos by means of electron microscopy

Dear all
I am a histotechnologist in forensics, Cape Town, South Africa.
I received a request to show asbestos in lung tissue where there is
definite interstitial fibrosis, but the presence of asbestos is not
Is it possible to reveal asbestos by means of electron microscopy?
Usually asbestos is demonstrated using the Perl's Prussian blue
technique, but most times they are elusive.
Could it be because of the sampling site or simply the nature of the
Thank you in advance
Yolanda Davies
Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology
Falmouth building
Anzio Road
Cape Town 
South Africa



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