RE: [Histonet] Ventana stainer, Symphony

From:"Marshall Terry Dr, Consultant Histopathologist"

$150K for a machine that does something better done by hand?
I think not.

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: Joyce Cline []
Sent: 22 March 2005 17:59
Subject: [Histonet] Ventana stainer, Symphony

     The Ventana Symphony can stain at the same time, non-gyn,paps and
H&E slides.
The stainer squirts the stains onto each individual slide instead of
diping into a solution. This provides the ability to prevent cross
contamination between Histo & Cyto slides and between non-gyn & paps. Of
course robotics and programming are the expensive part.
I really appreciate everyone's help so far, it has made our research on
automating our lab much more efficient.  I began looking at several H&E
stainers and don't quit understand Ventana's Symphony product.  It is
very expensive ($150k) and I'm not sure why it is so much more than all
the other comparable products out there.  Am I missing something?

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