Re: [Histonet] Sakura Xpress users

From:Lori Richey

We use the  xpress processor  for most biopsy specimens like liver, 
cervical, prostate, and oral path.  Our pathologists have not agreed to 
put the renal,  skin biopsies or the breast biopsies on the express.  We 
also still run all of the regular surgical specimens on the VIP.  These 
work well on the xpress, however, they must be cut in at the recommended 
size limits.  Also, due to the fixation time in formalin for most of the 
large specimens it works better to load them in the VIP in formalin for 
a couple hours before the processor runs.  There are only 2 end chambers 
on the Xpress, meaning someone has to be present to unload it.

Most of the special stains and the IHC staining is comparable to routine 
processing.  The Trich stain on liver biopsies done on the Artisan 
special stainer has been the most challenging.

Angela Bitting wrote:

>I'd love to get opinions from hospital Histology labs using the Xpress processor. Our Director went off to "War College" and heard all about it and you all know what happens next............. What are the benefits and drawbacks to it? 
>Angela Bitting, HT(ASCP)
>Technical Specialist, Histology
>Geisinger Medical Center 
>100 N Academy Ave. MC 23-00
>Danville, PA 17822
>phone  570-214-9634
>fax  570-271-5916
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