[Histonet] Microwave processing

From:John PJ Coleman

I am the Senior tech of a large hospital corporation.  My 
administration has just won funding for 4 Sakura Microwave rapid 
processing units. We run FISH her 2 on formalin fixed paraffin embedded 
tissue as per FDA protocol. As I tech, I am not in favor of tossing 
routine processing wholesale in favor of a completely new technology 
without thorough testing and parallel processing. Also, we are a 
regional reference lab for IHC and have a panel of 115 antibodies, all 
optimized for formalin fixed paraffin embedded tissue. We run an 
average of 350 IHC slides a day, max 580 per day and would have to 
re-optimize these to use in the new formalin free world while keeping 
our FFPE procedures in parallel for our reference lab work. Much like 
running 2 labs. If anyone has any insight, or if anyone currently uses 
these instruments for routine and/or IHC, feel free to call or email, 
and I'll check the postings on this string. We are also taking 
invitations to come out and see these things in use real time.

John PJ Coleman-757 335-2159

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