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Pathology Grossing Tools of the Trade: Blades and Scalpels
Jaleh Mansouri, M.D.
Microscopic histopathologic examination of tissue is just one of several steps in achieving an
accurate diagnosis in pathology. Achieving a correct diagnosis starts at the grossing bench, assuming the
specimen is in an intact condition. Grossing involves careful examination and representative sectioning of
the specimen for generating microscopic slides. While one needs good eyes for visual inspection, good
cutting tools are needed to optimize the quality of sections while ensuring the safety of the person grossing.
Specimen integrity is essential for high quality microscopy; blunt, ill-fitting, or damaged blades
(e.g. tears in tissue caused by nicked blades) can cause tissue artifacts. Sharps injuries are also an important
issue. To mitigate these problems, vendors offer innovative designs for many types of surgical and
postmortem specimens. For example, the disposable scalpel can be an effective solution for preventing
sharps injuries. Some scalpel handles for disposable blades have corrugated edges to prevent slippage,
especially with fatty or bloody specimens. Angulated microsurgical scalpels are ideal for the fine
dissection of small biopsies (Electron Microscopy Sciences). In addition, there are accessory tools for
specimen immobilization and consistent sectioning to optimize the standardization of the grossing
technique (Sakura). ALWAYS REMEMBER: NEVER REMOVE A SCALPEL BLADE WITH YOUR HAND!
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EXAKT Technologies, Inc., the Exclusive US Distributor for EXAKT Advanced Technologies of Germany, is a leading provider of cutting and grinding equipment for use in sample preparation. EXAKTís NEW Pathology Saw was designed specifically for pathology lab use. This bone saw offers the SAFEST alternative for grossing samples. Unlike butcher saws used in many labs, the diamond band of the EXAKT saw does not cut, but grinds the bone precisely. There is no immediate risk of injury to the technician if the band is touched unintentionally. The EXAKT saw easily cuts metal implants or screws encountered during the grossing process. For more information call 1-800-866-7172 or visit www.exaktusa.com/pathology-saw to watch the EXAKT Pathology Saw Video.
Leica Biosystems is a global leader in workflow solutions and automation, striving to advance cancer diagnostics to improve patients' lives. Leica Biosystems provides anatomical pathology laboratories and researchers a comprehensive product range for each step in the pathology process, from sample preparation and staining to imaging and reporting. Our easy-to-use and consistently reliable offerings help improve workflow efficiency and diagnostic confidence. The company is represented in over 100 countries. It has manufacturing facilities in 7 countries, sales and service organizations in 19 countries, and an international network of dealers. The company is headquartered in Nussloch, Germany. Visit www.LeicaBiosystems.com for more information.
Milestone Medical provides a portfolio of standardization and documentation products for the grossing workstation. From our MacroPATH D digital imaging, annotation and storage system to the CheckLITE non-contact specimen thickness measurement device and CutMATE grossing forceps, Milestone is building tools to ensure standardization of tissue thicknesses with great processing and results in mind! For more information call 866-995-5300, email email@example.com or visit us at www.milestonemed.com.
MOPEC is known world-wide for the innovative functionally of their products. MOPEC designs, engineers, manufacturers and installs custom Pathology Laboratory Equipment, delivering full service solutions for all your facility needs. We feature fume handling equipment, stainless steel cabinets, refrigeration, dissecting instruments, transport carts, stationary/elevating pedestal downdraft workstations, rotating pedestal tables, short pedestal tables, L-Shaped downdraft workstations, backdraft / dualdraft workstations and elevating backdraft workstations. Everything carrying the MOPEC name is ergonomically designed and engineered for the pathology environment. All of our workstations and tables can be customized and fabricated to meet the specific requirements of your facility. For more information, visit us at www.mopec.com or call us at 800.362.8491.
Photodyne Technologies manufactures top of the line computerized macro photography systems for grossing, pathology, histology and other scientific applications, using high resolution digital cameras. Various models are available, and the company specializes in custom designs, usually at no extra charge. These state of the art macroscopic (gross) imaging units revolutionize the picture taking process in the laboratory. The systems enable even non-photographers to take professional quality photos in seconds. The patented, state-of-the-art systems are used by hundreds of leading hospitals, universities, medical examiner offices and research institutes worldwide. The included proprietary software allows one to take pictures directly from the computer. All attributes of the camera are controllable from the computer as well, and the image is viewable in real time on the screen, allowing adjustments before the picture is taken. The picture is then transferred directly to the computer and is stored on the computerís hard drive for editing, archiving, or email as an attachment like any other image file via the internet. Visit us online at www.photodyne.com or contact us at 800-660-2147 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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