Prior to determining what makes a histology lab efficient, we need to define histology. Histology is the study of the microscopic structure of tissues. Histology, also known as microscopic anatomy, or microanatomy, is a branch of biology which studies tissues. Nervous tissue histology primarily assesses tissues for abnormalities, and this type of histology is typically used in cancer research and diagnosis. Tissue samples are pulled from plants, animals or humans and placed in an embedding cassette for processing. Using a paraffin dispenser and base molds, these tissues are suspended in paraffin and then trimmed into very thin ribbons using a microtome. The specimen ribbon sections are then “floated” in a water bath to be picked up and mounted on microscope slides for observation.
Histology labs become efficient and have a strong workflow when their testing products consistently perform well and provide accurate results. C & A can assist your histology lab in the goal of complete tissue analysis accuracy.
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