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Grossing Equipment / Workstations

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Grossing Equipment: Tissue Embedding Cassettes
Jaleh Mansouri, M.D.

Tissue embedding cassettes are one of the essential tools of the anatomic pathology laboratory. In addition to the standard slotted cassette designed for 3 mm thick tissue sections, various other cassette designs are available with specific features to optimize fixation and orientation of different tissue specimens. Some examples include 1 mm square mesh and microcompartment cassettes for biopsies, and larger cassettes that can accommodate up to 10 mm thick tissue sections (e.g. for prostate or ophthalmic tissue). Many laboratories employ tissue cassette labelers that apply a unique barcode and case number to each cassette, thus saving time, reducing errors, and facilitating block identification and retrieval.

With the advent of automated tissue embedding, new innovative products have been developed with the goal of increasing and streamlining workflow while reducing tissue orientation errors and loss. One example is the Tissue-Tek® Paraform® Sectionable Cassette System by Sakura. This cassette system is comprised of an outer cassette frame containing an inner cassette made from Paraform®, a material amenable to sectioning like paraffin wax. Once the tissue is placed inside the Paraform® cassette, tissue orientation is preserved throughout the process of embedding and sectioning. This system may be especially useful in small biopsies where orientation is critical for accurate diagnosis (e.g. certain skin or gastrointestinal biopsies).

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Leica Biosystems is a global leader in workflow solutions and automation, striving to advance cancer diagnostics to improve patientsí 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 info@milestonemed.com or visit us at http://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 http://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 info@photodyne.com.

Sakura Finetek USA is leading the revolution in Pathology with the Tissue-Tek® Xpress Rapid Tissue Processor and the AutoTEC® Automated Embedding System. Together these technologies allow your laboratory to achieve new levels in productivity. Our full line of Tissue-Tek® histology instrumentation and consumables include Tissue Processors, Embedding Systems, Microtomy and Cryotomy instruments, and Stainers and Coverslippers. Sakura is committed to changing the future of Pathology. Please visit our website at www.sakuraus.com for more details on our product portfolio, or contact George Kennedy, Director of Marketing, at gkennedy@sakuraus.com or 310-972-7871.

Past / Future Feature Pages:

August 2013: Books & Journals
September 2013: Antibodies / Biomarkers
October 2013: Laboratories
November 2013: Consumable Lab Products / Clinical Lab Analyzers
December 2013: Grossing Equipment / Workstations

January 2014: Billing / Consulting / Management
February 2014: Microscopes / Microscopy Products
March 2014: Tissue Processors / Other Histology
April 2014: Laboratory Accreditation / Education / CME
May 2014: Computer Software and Systems
June 2014: Diagnostic Testing / Reagents
July 2014: Imaging / Digital / Photography
August 2014: Books & Journals
September 2014: Antibodies / Biomarkers
October 2014: Laboratories
November 2014: Consumable Lab Products / Clinical Lab Analyzers
December 2014: Grossing Equipment / Workstations

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