Thanks to everyone for their contribution of experiences with the Red Box control slides. We will try the Thermo Fisher etched-box slides. It sounds as if there may be factors linked to the reagents dispensing onto the slides. It's one of those nebulous areas that occur with staining results in some cases...is it instrument-related, slide-related or a little bit of both?
The box for the control tissue is useful in that the pathologist knows exactly where to look, and there's less chance of mistaking control tissue for patient tissue.
Of interest, Thermo Fisher Scientific is working with Ventana to develop a Red Box of a design better optimized to the Benchmark.
Eric Gagnon MLT
Kingston General Hospital
Kingston, Ontario, Canada
Histonet mailing list