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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Keep up the great work, everyone!
Microwave Product Manager
Energy Beam Sciences, Inc.
29-B Kripes Rd.
East Granby, CT 06026
Tel: 800.992.9037 x 341
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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
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> From: email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] 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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