RE: [Histonet] Microwave processors

From:"Bartlett, Jeanine \(CDC/NCID/VR\)"

We have used both the Milestone TT/Mega and Sakura Xpress.  Both have
performed beautifully.   The TT/Mega is not a walk-away machine so it
requires more work to remove buckets, change, solutions, etc.  The
Xpress is great as you can load baskets continuously every 15 minutes
and walk away.  We have had no problems at all with any diagnostic
cases. We have processed biopsies and larger specimens.  We do not have
the tissue variety of a hospital lab and therefore cannot comment on
some tissues, such as breast.  But we have processed most other types of
tissues, including brain.

Jeanine Bartlett, BS, HT(ASCP)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
1600 Clifton Road, MS/G-32
Atlanta, GA  30333
(404) 639-3590

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of MRI
Sent: Friday, May 26, 2006 6:23 AM
To: Histonet
Subject: [Histonet] Microwave processors

Dear All,

Our department has been trying to buy a microwave assissted tissue
processor for about a year, but one of the major stumbling blocks in
this process is that one of the pathologists in our department insists
that laboratories "in the west" (we're in Poland) are abandoning these
machines as they damage the blocks of tissue inside.  Is there any truth
in this?  Are there any unhappy microwave processor users on Histonet?  
If so, I'd like to hear from you, explaining what the most common
problems are and what you've tried to solve them.  Also, I'd like to
hear from people who have positive things to say about these machines.

In either case, please make sure you include details of the make and
model of the processor in your reply.

Many thanks in advance.



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