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Microwaves in the Histopathology Laboratory

A microwave oven is an essential piece of equipment in the histology laboratory. Microwave ovens are commonly used in the histopathology laboratory to help expedite special staining procedures and improve diagnostic turnaround times. Staining solutions (with or without slides) are often heated in the microwave to increase the rate at which the dye or other reagent is diffused throughout the tissue sample.