We started a couple of years ago, but found the inking to be a mess and very time consuming.
The gross tech at the time "created" an agar based marker that can be cut into small pieces. He has since left, taking his formula with him. The techs have recreated something similar using agar and Histogel, acetic acid and tissue dye. We put a piece of that in each block - it embeds and cuts like tissue and still differentiates the cases. The pathologists are very happy with this method. We use it for breast, prostate, hearts, etc...
Saint Joseph's Hospital
5665 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30342
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[mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]On Behalf Of Lester
Sent: Tuesday, April 17, 2007 3:35 PM
Subject: [Histonet] Inking of same type specimens
Are any of you following the trend of inking cores from similar types
cases with different colors to prevent misidentification? For example,
prostate biopsies from patient A are inked green, prostate biopsies from
patient B inked red, prostate biopsies from patient C inked blue, and
then back to green for prostate patient D.
If anyone is doing this:
1. How long have you been doing it
2. Does it significantly impact grossing time
3. What method are you using for inking (the little dropper
bottles, big bottles with disposable pipettes, other)
4. Are you diluting the ink
5. Does it make a mess
6. Have you found it worthwhile
Lester J. Raff, MD
UroPartners, LLC Laboratory
2225 Enterprise Dr. Suite 2511
Westchester, IL 60154
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