Re: [Histonet] Prostate Needle Biopsies

From:"Joe Nocito"

we make one cassette for each container.  Sometimes there are 3 biopsies in
one container. Most of the times the urologists that send us cases submit 12
containers per case. We now have a client that requested 16-vial biopsy kits
(yea), but we haven't received any from him yet (thank God). Each container
is labeled to a different area, so identification is not a problem with us.
Just the gazillion number of slides per case.

Joe Nocito BS, HT (ASCP) QIHC
Histology Manager
Pathology Reference Lab
San Antonio, Texas
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Cindy DuBois" 
To: "Histonet" 
Sent: Thursday, February 26, 2004 11:33 AM
Subject: [Histonet] Prostate Needle Biopsies

> I just love this list.  It has helped me so much to do the best job I can.
> Now to my question:
>     How do other labs prepare their prostate biopsies?  I am talking about
> do you separate each biopsy into its' own cassette (whether they are
> received this way or not)?  Or do you put everything that is received in
> specimen bottle into one cassette (inking them)?
> We have a debate going on at our lab right now as to which way is best.
> I like to know when I am embedding that there will only be one biopsy in
> each cassette rather than having to look up the case to find out how many
> there are suppose to be and making sure I get them all in the mold and on
> the same plane.  I have one pathologist who agrees with me.
> My co-workers and the PA want them one block per each container so there
> less blocks to process and cut.
> Our other two pathologists say they don't have a preference.
> I would like to know what the consensus is on these two methods, or does
> anyone else have a better way of processing these things.
> Thank you in advance for your help in this matter,
> Cindy DuBois, HT ASCP
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