|From:||"Mark Hayes" |
Do you have access to an electron microscope? If so does it have an EDAX (if my memory serves me correctly) attachment or can you send it to one. I used one of these many years ago (circa 1982) at Sydney University to identify and semiquantitate some unique gold chloride crystals. EDAX or EDX stands for energy dispersive X-ray microanalysis (EDX). If you can isolate your specs onto an EM target you should at least be able to get an elemental analysis. Titanium oxide is also a component of paint and is utterly inert – I think it needs HF to dissolve it. Hope this helps.
From: email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] On Behalf Of Kathy.Johnston@CLS.ab.ca
Sent: Thursday, 30 October 2003 7:30 AM
Subject: [Histonet] Black pigment on Bronch Lavages
One of our pathologists and myself have been trying to identify some black intracellular pigmentation in a bronch lavage. We have ruled out carbon, and bleaching the section did not work, therefore is not melanin. It is a very fine dark black pigment and appears quite uniform in shape and size. Our pathologist is thinking that it is lead (the patient is a long time professional painter), but lead stains are negative. My other thought is aluminum deposits but have not yet stained for this.
I am hoping someone on the "Net" may have some idea of what this may be, and if there is a method for demonstrating it.
Thanks very much in advance!
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