Microtome for Eastern European Hospital
I am a medical imaging faculty member helping to supply medical
equipment (by donation) to an Eastern European country. I have been in
conversation with a surgeon, there. He (and his pathologist) are
disappointed with their tissue sectioning results. Their permanent blade
is dull and they need a blade sharpener with associated materials. (I
don't know if their blade is even good enough to sharpen).
Unfortunately, their facility cannot afford a blade sharpener.
In my search, locally, here in Ohio, I have found a sharpener in
storage, but it lacks a few key parts and the necessary grits. From
another regional center, I have been able to obtain a disposable blade
holder which may or may not work - and some Shandon #49 blades to go
with it. This is very hopeful, however, I am not sure they will work
with the machine they have and the surgeon is still hoping for a
sharpener. I am traveling there this summer and would really like to
take them a more-modern microtome (preferrably) or a sharpener. I want
to take it with...(can you tell I'm originally from MN?).
I am open to suggestions: firstname.lastname@example.org
I know older machines are often kept for backup (just in case, Radiology
departments do the same). Is someone able to donate a older (working)
microtome (that uses disposable blades) or a blade sharpener in good
If no functioning machine can be donated, at least one at a reduced
price might do. And if anyone knows someone giving money away for a
good cause, let me know.
Thanks for your attention to this message.
Note to myself:
It's easy to sit there and say you'd like to have more money. And I
guess that's what I like about it. It's easy. Just sitting there,
rocking back and forth, wanting that money.
Vincent P. Fried
Asst. Professor of Medical Imaging
James A Rhodes State College
4240 Campus Dr.
Lima, Ohio 45804
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