[Histonet] RE: Histonet Digest, Vol 3, Issue 6

From:"Glencross Hedley (RW3) CM&MC Manchester"

Hi Sandy

I have used tape coverslips in the past for conventional smears, and apart from the annoynace of having to re focus more often, and the propensity of the tape to scratch and lift off, it was acceptable.

With liquid based preparations, there should be little problem with the waviness, as they should be effectively as flat as a histology section.

Given the money and choice though, I would always use glass for cytology. I still think they are optically superior.

I hope this helps


Hedley Glencross
Manchester Cytology Centre UK

Message: 3
Date: Wed, 4 Feb 2004 13:42:34 -0800
From: "Cheasty, Sandra" 
Subject: [Histonet] Does Tape Coverslipper Work for Cytology Slides?
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Hello again...  

The Cytopathologist here heard that the "waviness" of the tape coverslip will cause the cytologists to over-call the Pap smears. (Most of our Paps are Thin Prep) 

Does anyone knows of a cytology lab that uses the Sakura Tape coverslipper for paps? I would like to either confirm or dispel this rumor.


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Message: 4
Date: Wed, 4 Feb 2004 16:49:47 -0500 
From: Gary Gill 
Subject: RE: [Histonet] Does Tape Coverslipper Work for Cytology
To: "'Cheasty, Sandra'" , "HistoNet (E-mail)"
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Urban legend.  There are numerous technical and optical reasons that
contradict using tape coverslipper, but overcalling Paps is not one of them.
If the distortion were so bad, one shouldn't attempt to interpret the cells
in the first place.

Gary Gill

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