re: Special and IHC stainers

From:Bonnie McMahill


We also use the DAKO IHC automated stainer for most all of immunos.  We have the Benchmark by Ventana, to do mainly ISH procedures, but also do ER/PR and IHC Her2neu on it.  We have the Artisan, which is now a DAKO product as stated below.  We do only special stains on the Artisan, but it is ideally suited for doing IHC as well.  It is great for labs with medium volumes of IHC to do both specials and IHC!  We do our main volume of IHC on the DAKO because of it's cost effectiveness.

Bonnie McMahill
InCyte Pathology
Spokane, WA

----- Original Message -----
From: "Cummings, Lori Ann" 
Date: Thu, 27 Feb 2003 10:50:02 -0600
To: "'Benitez, Amy M.'" , "''" 
Subject: re: Special and IHC stainers

> Hello Amy,
> Actually, the Artisan is still an IHC and special stainer and now that it is
> associated with DakoCytomation, it will have great detection chemistries for
> IHC, as well.
> I have all three Ventana instruments and a DakoCytomation Autostainer.  I
> use all of them daily.  I am also considering an Artisan for specials and
> IHC overflow.  I run the bulk of my IHC and Special stains on the Dako
> Autostainer because of the quality, flexibility, consistency, and COST!!!
> The Ventana does a great job with my Jone's, but is not cost effective or
> high enough quality to run any more special stains and definitely not cost
> effective to run the immunohistochemistry.
> I would suggest evaluating all three for cost, quality, and work flow for
> your lab and see what is the best fit.
> Sincerely,
> Lori Cummings
> University of Illinois @ Chicago
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Benitez, Amy M. []
> Sent: Thursday, February 27, 2003 9:46 AM
> To: ''
> Subject: 
> Our lab is preparing a presentation for a capital budget request. We want to
> get an immunohistochemistry special stainer. So far, we have checked out
> Ventana and Artisan. However, Artisan is no longer owned by Cytologix and is
> no longer an IHC stainer. It is only a special stainer. So I was wonder what
> other kinds other labs use? Also, labs that have Ventana, how are they
> doing? Is the Ventana a good answer to an automated IHC lab?
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