Re: [Histonet] Microwave tissue processors

From:"Steven E. Slap"

Dear HistoNetters

There are considerable differences between the 
models of microwave tissue processors available. 
I would look at these features:

  How is the temperature controlled?  (remote sensor vs. temperature probe?)
  How is temperature equilibrated within the 
solution?  (magnetic stirring vs. air bubble 
agitation?)
  Was the unit built for the lab or is it a converted domestic microwave?
  How thorough is the User's Manual regarding procedures?
  How simple is the user's interface?  How easy 
is it to make a serious error that would 
compromise the tissue?
  Can you observe the process in real time?
  Are accessories available from the 
manufacturer for various specific applications?

Any manufacturer should be willing to provide a demonstration.

Feel free to contact me directly with any specific questions.

best regards,
Steven Slap
Microwave Consultant

   At 1:36 PM +0800 4/16/04, Chan Wai Kam wrote:
>I'm confused about the different types of microwave tissue processors
>from Milestone and Pelco and need some advice from those of you who have
>these.  Any pros and cons from current users would be greatly
>appreciated.  I'm considering getting one in the near future.  Our usage
>is mainly on processing bone specimens


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