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- Reagent Steps of Tissue Processing
- Processing Steps Defined
- Conventional tissue processing must proceed in a specific order. Place the reagents used during processing in order from the FIRST step to the LAST st...
- Conventional Processing - In Depth
- Tissue Fixation
- Formalin Fixative
- How many times GREATER should the FIXATIVE volume be than the tissue volume?
- 10% formalin is miscible, or capable of being mixed, with paraffin.
- Tissue Dehydration
- Ethanol IS miscible with paraffin.
- Tissue Clearing
- Xylene has a high water tolerance and is miscible with aqueous fixatives at room temperature.
- Paraffin Infiltration
- Paraffin with a high melting point, such as 65° C, will have which of the following characteristics? (Choose all that apply.)
- Xylene-Free Processing
- Tissue clearing can be accomplished by using which of the following reagents?
- Processing Equipment and Factors Affecting Tissue Processing
- Processing Equipment
- Automated Tissue Processors
- Factors Affecting Tissue Processing
- Time Factor
- The laboratory's desired turn-around time should dictate how long the tissue is fixed and processed.
- Temperature Factor
- Pressure Factor
- Standard Processing Protocols
- Routine Tissue Processing
- Biopsy Tissue Processing
- Fatty Tissue/Brain Tissue Processing
- Special Tissue Processing
- Put the following tissue types/sizes in order of time required to process. Begin with tissue that requires the LEAST amount of processing time and fin...
- Processing Quality Control Measures
- Reagent Maintenance and Temperature Checks
- Troubleshooting Processing Problems
- While embedding tissue into paraffin, a technician notices that the majority of tissue is mushy and under-processed. What would the FIRST step be when...
- Reagent Safety
- Reagent Safety
- Formalin and Xylene Monitoring
- Which of the following demonstrate safe work habits that should be utilized when using hazardous processing reagents?
Level of instruction: Basic
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: 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. Her experience led her to teach IU students as a Clinical Education Supervisor and create the Histotechnology Program as Program Director for Keiser University in Florida.
Reviewer information: Karen Stiffler, MA, HTL (ASCP) has over 15 years of experience combined as a histotechnologist and a Program Director for Histotechnology at Lakeland Community College. She is currently a Professor and the Program Director for Histotechnology at Lakeland Community College. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Case Western Reserve University and a Masters of Arts in Teaching from Western Governor’s University.
Reviewer information: Carla J. Shoffeitt, MSM, HT(ASCP) is the Manager of the Pathology Department of Emory St. Joseph’s Hospital of Emory Healthcare in Atlanta, Georgia. She holds a Master of Science Degree in Healthcare Management as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Troy University, Troy, Alabama. She is certified as a Histotechnician and has 25 years of experience in the field of Histology.
Course description: The purpose of this course is to discuss the appropriate application of the most common tissue processing steps utilized in today's histology laboratory and provide troubleshooting guidelines for tissue that has been improperly processed. The various factors affecting tissue processing will also be explored, including comparisons of different tissue types and their required processing cycles.