RE: [Histonet] Histological dissection of bone

From:"DiCarlo, Margaret"


I also use a band saw for cutting bones of all different sizes, such as
femur, tibia, etc. People have raved about the Mar-Med Band Saw that costs
$810 but I don't think it is large enough for large sections of bone such as
a whole tibia or fibula that we have to cut up.  It is an 18-pound tabletop
band saw with a diamond blade and is about the size of a microscope.  I will
be interested to hear what everyone has to say.

Peggy DiCarlo HT (ASCP)
Orthopedics Bone Lab
Buffalo General Hospital
100 High St.
Buffalo, NY  14203

-----Original Message-----
From: Coaker, Terry []
Sent: Monday, November 08, 2004 10:30
To: ''
Subject: [Histonet] Histological dissection of bone

For many years we have "trimmed" bone samples on a band-saw to obtain slices
for decalcification.  The equipment needs replacing.  A risk assessment
indicated that putting a long bone through a band-saw in this way could lead
to someone getting hurt!  Is there a safer way?  Diamond saws are fine for
trimming small pieces but what about femur and humerus?   How do people
handle them safely?



Terry Coaker
Histopathology Operations Manager
Cellular Pathology
Royal Victoria Infirmary
Queen Victoria Road
Newcastle upon Tyne
0191 282 9120

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