Re: [Histonet] microwave processors

From:Phil McArdle

Here's a quick vendor response:

I agree with Jeff's comments; the "health-and safety" aspects of 
reducing or eliminating formalin and xylene use results in many 
benefits, and reduction of reagent consumption is a win-win. Further, I 
believe that a laboratory microwave processor, especially one that is 
not limited to a single protocol or proprietary reagents, allows 
flexibility in the lab that can't easily be quantified via TAT alone. 
And finally, I hear comments all the time like "the techs always know 
the microwaved samples - the blocks cut better" and pathologists mention 
improved staining or morphology. Given these benefits, I think it's 
reasonable to conclude pre- and post-processing TAT might actually be 

On another note, I will be leaving EBS on April 13. Anyone wishing to 
contact me may do so via my personal e-mail:

Keep up the great work, everyone!

Phil McArdle
Phil McArdle
Microwave Product Manager

Energy Beam Sciences, Inc.
29-B Kripes Rd.
East Granby, CT 06026

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Jeff Birkner wrote:
> What Rene has mentioned is true.  However, we have been able to cut our reagent and paraffin usage by 80% which is a huge cost savings.  We have also been able to do away with formalin and xylene, so no more costly monitoring!
> Jeff Birkner, CT(ASCP)
> Pathology Section Manager
> Collaborative Laboratory Services, LLC
> 1005 Pennsylvania Ave.
> Ottumwa, IA  52501
> 641-684-4621
> -----Original Message-----
> From: [] On Behalf Of Rene J Buesa
> Sent: Friday, April 11, 2008 8:55 AM
> To: Stephanie Weaver; histonet post
> Subject: Re: [Histonet] microwave processors
> IF you have a turn around time issue, it is worth considering the MW option, BUT if you are not pressured by the TAT it is NOT worth it.
>   Consider the following: NO matter how fast you process your tissues, you will need EXACTLY the same time  PRE and POST processing to take care of your 100 cassettes.
>   You probably will cut in half your processing time (since you are aiming at 3 hours processing time), so your total TAT will be about 80% of your present TAT.
>   And NO, a modified lab MW oven will not produce the same results.
>   If you want I can send you a study I published on the subject.
>   René J.
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