Microtomy: The Melding of Art and Science

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Janet Minshew, HT(ASCP)HTL, Specialized Histology Consulting, LLC, Plano, TX created for the NSH Laboratory Webinar Series

Microtomy requires is a pivotal point in the production of quality slides -- everything that is done to the specimen prior to reaching the microtome will affect the section quality, and without a good section subsequent procedures will be compromised. A good microtome and a sharp blade are important, but there is an ingenious combination of techniques, knowledge and skill necessary to produce good sections. Let’s spend some time together minimizing the frustration you might feel when you sit down at the microtome or review your work under the microscope.

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NSH Contact Hours (acceptable for AMT, ASCP, and state recertification): 1 hour(s)
Course number WEB0216

Objectives

  • Demonstrate that sectioning success depends on good scientific practices from grossing through embedding and their knowledge and artistic skills at the microtome
  • Incorporate ergonomic techniques while performing microtomy in order to minimize exposures to conditions that contribute to musculoskeletal disorders
  • Detect the potential causes of sectioning artifacts and recommend solutions to eliminate them

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Additional Information

Course DescriptionMicrotomy requires is a pivotal point in the production of quality slides -- everything that is done to the specimen prior to reaching the microtome will affect the section quality, and without a good section subsequent procedures will be compromised. A good microtome and a sharp blade are important, but there is an ingenious combination of techniques, knowledge and skill necessary to produce good sections. Let’s spend some time together minimizing the frustration you might feel when you sit down at the microtome or review your work under the microscope.
Presenter Bio: Jan Minshew is owner of Specialized Histology Consulting. Jan is ASCP Certified as both a Histotechnologist and a Histologic Technician with over 50 years of Histology experience. Her first 20 years were spent working in hospital laboratories, and her next 28 were spent in industry working for the manufacturers and providers of histology equipment and consumables. Jan has presented numerous workshops at the state, national and international level. She authored the ergonomics chapter in one of the leading histology textbooks used for teaching today, along with multiple articles in professional journals. She is a founding member of the Texas society for Histotechnology and has held many positions in the national society of histotechnology including chairman of the Health and Safety Committee.
Additional Information:  This webinar was presented in February 2016 as part of the annual NSH Laboratory Webinar Series. 

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