RE: {SPAM?} Re: [Histonet] Pathos (microwave processing) advantages

From:"Douglas D Deltour"


I think each facility has there own unique reason for looking into microwave
processing. The majority want a faster TAT. We are using ours on a unique
situation. We receive grossed tissue blocks around 10PM from a facility
2:30hr away. We have to get the samples processed and the slides have to be
ready to go by 7AM. If we used the conventional processor our specimens
would be under processed or we would be missing the deadline depending on
the workload. This gives us a little more breathing room. We are still using
the conventional processors on our routine biopsies. 

The non proprietary solutions are a big selling point. 

Douglas D. Deltour HT(ASCP)
Histology Manager
Professional Pathology Services, PC
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-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Rene J Buesa
Sent: Monday, August 06, 2007 10:59 AM
To: Foshey, Annette;
Subject: {SPAM?} Re: [Histonet] Pathos (microwave processing) advantages

  The fundamental advantage is that it is a "walk away" (automatic) tissue
processor and that it can process up to 210 small biopsies in 1 hour, or in
4 hours if they are slices up to 5 mm thick. Low reagents consumption and
the ability of using non proprietary solutions are also advantages. It costs
around $ 119,000 (for sure "negotiable").
  But the advantages stop there, because to have the 210 slides ready from a
full load, you will still have to work an approximate total of 34.5 hours
to complete your TAT with that number of samples processed.
  René J. 

"Foshey, Annette"  wrote:
  I am interested in all the advantages the Pathos microwave processing
has over conventional processing. If anyone is experienced with this
please comment. Thank you.

Annette Foshey, HT (ASCP)
Team Leader in Histology
Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
414-266-6580 Fax 414-266-2779


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