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Technical Preparation of Bone Marrow Specimens for Histological Assessment (Online CE Course)

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Brooke Eguia, MS, BS, HT(ASCP), HTL(ASCP)
Reviewer: Diana Harrington, BS, HT(ASCP)

This course provides information about the clinical indications for bone marrow examination and detailed instruction for the preparation of bone marrow smears used for histological testing.

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Continuing Education Credits

P.A.C.E.® Contact Hours (acceptable for AMT, ASCP, and state recertification): 1 hour(s)
Course number 578-010-20, approved through 12/31/2021
Course number 20-767038, approved through 9/1/2020

Objectives

  • Recognize the indications for bone marrow examination.
  • Describe optimal technical preparation techniques for blood smears, bone marrow aspirates, and bone trephine biopsies.
  • Discern common bone marrow preparation components.
  • Understand specialized techniques used for bone marrow evaluation.

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Course Outline

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  • Clinical Indications
      • Bone Marrow Examination: Clinical Indications
  • Bone Marrow Procurement
  • Bone Marrow Core Imprints
      • Bone Marrow Core Imprints (Touch Preparation)
  • Bone Marrow Aspirate Preparation: Anticoagulated Sample
  • Bone Marrow Aspiration: Laboratory Technical Preparation
      • Myeloid-Erythroid (M-E) cells/Concentrate/Buffy Coat Smears
      • To prepare the myeloid-erythroid (ME)/concentrate/buffy coat smears, a clean pipette should be used to make the concentrate. After pipetting off the e...
  • Bone Marrow Clot Preparation
      • Bone Marrow Clot Preparation
      • The clot section includes the remaining particles from the aspirate and red blood cells. Three levels, usually cut at 3 microns thick, are stained wit...
  • Bone Marrow Core Biopsy
      • Bone Marrow Core Biopsy
      • Bone marrow core biopsy specimens do NOT allow for the best evaluation of bone marrow cellularity, cellular distribution, and cellular relationships a...
  • Iron Stain on Spun Bone Marrow Aspirate Fat-Perivascular Layer
  • Iron Stain on Bone Marrow Concentrate (Myeloid Erythroid Layer)
      • Technical Preparation of Iron Stain on Bone Marrow Concentrate (Myeloid-Erythroid Layer)
  • Immunohistochemical (IHC) Stains
  • Special Stains
      • Reticulin Stain
      • Prussian Blue Iron Stain
      • Bacterial and Fungal Stains
      • Amyloid Stain
      • Amyloid deposits are most commonly identified on core biopsy specimens, but may also be seen on aspirate smears.
      • Which stain is commonly utilized to detect iron in bone marrow specimens?
  • Histochemical Stains
      • Enzyme Stains
      • The application of enzyme/histochemical stains by the pathologist will NOT change the classification of the disease in a bone marrow biopsy specimen s...
  • Esoteric Testing
      • Esoteric Testing
  • References
      • References

Additional Information

Level of instruction: Basic to intermediate
 
Intended audience: Clinical laboratory histotechnologists, histotechnicians, and other medical laboratory personnel who have an interest in this subject matter. This course is also appropriate for histology and clinical laboratory science students, pathology residents, and practicing pathologists.
 
Author information: Brooke Eguia, MS, BS, HT(ASCP), HTL(ASCP) is the Pathology Technical Supervisor at Fairview Southdale Hospital in Edina, Minnesota. She graduated from St. Cloud State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in general biology and from Capella University with a Master of Science in Human Service with a specialization in Health Care Administration. During her time as an undergraduate, Brooke's interests and studies focused on histologic techniques and gross anatomic dissection. Acting as a primary health career mentor to high school students, Brooke satisfied her desire for training and teaching histotechnicians and also worked as adjunct faculty at Rasmussen College, as a Medical Assistant laboratory techniques instructor. Most recently, she has focused on proctoring histology students in clinical/classroom progress and exam preparation.
 
Reviewer information: Diana Harrington, BS, HT(ASCP) is a histotechnologist at The Dermatology Center of Indiana. Since graduating from Indiana University, she has worked in various hospital laboratories as a medical technologist and histotechnologist. She has also served as a Clinical Education Supervisor at Indiana University and Histotechnology Program Director for Keiser University in Florida.
 
Course description: This course provides information about the clinical indications for bone marrow examination and detailed instruction for the preparation of bone marrow smears used for histological testing. 

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