Technique – Induced Microtomy Artifacts

Histotechnology is often and appropriately referred to as an ‘Art & Science’. Art, because it requires skilled craftmanship in manual operations such as microtomy, mounting multiple sections/ribbons on slide, etc. Science because of the histochemistry involved in...

Conflict Management & Resolution

Within any environment there can and most often is, some degree of conflict. Mild or severe, because we all have our own innate likes and dislikes, there are things that cause friction within our inner self. The cause of the conflict can range from a diversity of...

Bench Safety

One of the most immediate areas of safety consideration for the Histotechnologist is in microtomy. Countless technicians over time, particularly those who have been in the profession long enough to remember a time before certain safety features were built in, can...
The Power of Professional Networking

The Power of Professional Networking

The word ‘networking’ can be applied to a number of subjects: business, social, community, etc. Each one has a similar focus, but distinctly different goals and agendas. The similar focus is that each center on connecting with individuals or groups that have like...
The Origin of Tissue Cassettes & Molds

The Origin of Tissue Cassettes & Molds

Herbert Skip Brown, M. Div. HT(ASCP)Lab Storage Systems, Inc. Historically the Histology industry has seen a transition from the origin in tissue cassette and mold design that many would view today as rudimentary, even archaic, in its beginning. Histologists today...
Mobile Gross Pathology Stations

Mobile Gross Pathology Stations

Herbert Skip Brown, M. Div. HT(ASCP) Lab Storage Systems, Inc. While CT scan, X-ray, MRI, and other forms of graphic imagery provide a visual picture of internal anatomy, gross pathology is a pathologist or assistants intimate assessment of morphology that cannot be...
The Anatomy of Bone

The Anatomy of Bone

Within the wide array of tissue types in the human body, each has its own specificity based on the purpose and function it provides.  Muscle contracts and expands and enables movement of and within the body. Epithelial covers the body surfaces and lines internal...
The Origin & Processing of Wax

The Origin & Processing of Wax

Herbert Skip Brown, M. Div. HT(ASCP) Lab Storage Systems, Inc. Natural or organic wax has a recorded history that dates back to ancient Egyptian culture. Beeswax was discovered and used by the Egyptians as far back as 4200 B.C. as part of their embalming process....
Manual Staining

Manual Staining

Accessories for Routine, Special, & IHC Stains Herbert Skip Brown, M. Div. HT(ASCP)Lab Storage Systems, Inc. The expansion of special staining as a diagnostic tool in histopathology saw a meteoric increase in the 1980’s and 90’s. Special stains had always been a...