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From:"Mackinnon, John" <jmackinnon@lakeridgehealth.on.ca>
To:"'histonet@pathology.swmed.edu'" <histonet@pathology.swmed.edu>
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I know that there was some discussion recently about proper embedding
techniques but what I am looking for is comments from people out there and
how they do things.  

I know that I was taught to line my skins up horizontally (can be slightly
angled) with the dermal layer to the top and being the last part the knife
cuts through.  Things like uterus slightly angled to make cutting easier and
tubular multiple tubular structures lined up horizontally etc.  I was also
told that you should place your larger rectangular blocks horizontally since
this gives you the shortest distance through the wax and less compression
and less chance for wrinkles in tissue sections.  Well that is my two cents
worth now lets hear yours.  (especially those doing a lot of derm path)

Thanks in advance,  
John MacKinnon MLT, ART
Senior Technologist, Pathology
Lakeridge Health Oshawa
Ontario, Canada

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