RE: [Histonet] non-gyn cytology specimens

From:"Marshall Terry Dr, Consultant Histopathologist"

I was an early user and supporter of cytospin.
No longer.
They have become expensive and cumbersome/safety oriented, without in any way addressing the problems of getting an even thin spread that is neither too wet or too dry when it emerges.
If you get a good preparation you could cover it up with a blouse button.
*Furthermore*, as Spriggs insisted long ago, it does nothing that can't be done easier in a conventional centrifuge with proper technique.

Enter ThinPrep - ah, bliss.

Dr Terry L Marshall, B.A.(Law), M.B.,Ch.B.,F.R.C.Path
 Consultant Pathologist
 Rotherham General Hospital
 South Yorkshire

-----Original Message-----
From: Bonnie Whitaker []
Sent: 25 February 2004 17:15
Subject: [Histonet] non-gyn cytology specimens

Hi Everyone!


As someone who has always preferred to avoid cytology specimens like the
plague, I now find myself in the position of outfitting a lab from scratch
that must deal with non-gyn cytologies in relatively low numbers.  Can
anyone offer their opinions and suggestions regarding ThinPrep vs Cytospins
and anything else that may be out there that I am not aware of? 


Bonnie Whitaker

Lab Manager

Brown & Associates Medical Laboratories

8076 El Rio

Houston, Texas  77054



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