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Introduction to Microtomy, continued:

Microtomy represents a "linking" process between specimen collection and microscopic analysis. The ultimate goal of microtomy in a histology laboratory is to produce slides that are free of artifacts and errors. As such, microtomy is one of the most essential skills a histotechnologist can acquire. Sample sections that are free of artifacts are critical to diagnosis and the microtomy skills required cannot simply be gained from a textbook. Years of hands-on experience, trial and error, and troubleshooting make a microtomist proficient in handling a variety of tissues as well as problems that may arise during the process. The tissue slides must also be free of sample cross contamination or labeling errors.
Since paraffin sectioning is a mid-level processing step that is part of the process of diagnosing tissue samples, it is dependent on the previous processing steps. Even a highly skilled histotechnologist may be unable to resolve tissue sectioning problems if the following steps are not performed optimally:
  1. Tissue fixation
  2. Tissue processing
  3. Tissue embedding
Regardless of how flawless the tissue sections, if the steps following microtomy are not performed optimally, diagnosis may not be attained. The steps that may jeopardize even the best tissue sections are:
  1. Poor deparaffinization of tissue sections
  2. Poor stain quality
  3. Improper coverslipping
This course will address the most common variables and pitfalls that a histotechnologist may encounter during microtomy of paraffin-embedded samples.