RE: [Histonet] Microwave slide drying vs. conventional slide drying

From:"Hofecker, Jennifer L"

Jennifer Hofecker, HT (ASCP)
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Division of Neuropathology
(615) 343-0083
(615) 343-7089 fax
I have done both but I agree with the person that just used the hot plate, it's very easy and really works in a brief amount of time.  There is some science behind why you should not heat paraffin slides in the microwave.  The late (and great) Steve Slapp used to talk about it in his workshops, but I can't think of it right now. It was something molecular... Does anybody know what the scientific reason is?  And before I get flamed, I am asking because I know there are many microwave gurus out there and not because I am too lazy to look it up.
Have a great weekend,


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Sent: Fri 1/6/2006 10:57 AM
Subject: [Histonet] Microwave slide drying vs. conventional slide drying

We are having a discussion about slide drying at out facility. How many of you out there use a microwave to dry your H&E slides before staining versus using a conventional 70 degree Celsius hot air slide drying oven for 20 minutes? I personally against microwave slide drying but the doctors like it because it takes less time (3 min. 30 sec. on medium setting). Thanks for your response.

Lori A. Harris, HT (ASCP)
Histology Section Leader
GSRMC - Pathology
3600 NW Samaritan Drive
Corvallis, OR 97330

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