RE: [Histonet] sentinel biopsies

From:"Barnhart, Tammy"

We performed an extensive (35 specimen) study of the radioactivity levels of
both the nodes and the mastectomy (lumpectomy) specimens and found the
levels for the nodes were near background.  At two inches from the specimen,
the levels were at background.  Therefore, we treat the nodes as regular
frozen specimens in regard to the radioactivity.  We do perform touch preps
and the routine immunos on the permanents.  The mastectomy and lumectomy
specimens were too hot to be handled and kept in out radiology for 72 hours,
remonitored and signed off as being at background levels before being sent
to the histology lab.

Tammy Barnhart, BS, HTL(ASCP)
Anatomic Pathology Manager
St. Alexius Medical Center
Bismarck, ND

-----Original Message-----
From: Satterfield, Marirose
Sent: Wednesday, August 31, 2005 8:36 AM
To: ''
Subject: [Histonet] sentinel biopsies

If anybody does cut a frozen section on the radioactive node, do you
decontaminate the cryostat? What is your procedure?
M. Satterfield

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