Re: [Histonet] Blocks for Send Out Studies

From:"Vicki Gauch"

 I can only tell you that we do not release our paraffin blocks either.
 We offer unstained slides or 25 micron sections in a test tube,etc.-
anything we can reasonably do to help them out but the blocks remain in
our custody.  We started this several years ago because we had issues
with blocks not being returned upon completion of studies or being lost
in shipping to us.  There have been very few times when we have not been
able to fill a request for the requesting institutions using our current

Vicki Gauch
Albany Medical Center
Albany, NY 

>>> "Malek, Jack M"  12/27/2004 6:03:27 PM >>>
Hi Everyone,

Recently learned that some pathology labs send out slide sections in
place of blocks for reference studies. They withhold the blocks for
obvious reasons such as; to prevent losing tissue in transport, to
determine which studies to exhaust the block for, preventing laser
destruction of the block associated with certain molecular studies.  

Is this becoming the standard in practice?  

Happy Holidays,
GHC -Seattle
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