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Optimization of Fixation & Processing in the 21st Century

Presenter: Herbert Skip Brown, M.Div, HT(ASCP), Lab Management Consultants
September 18, 2014
10:00am PT/ 1:00pm ET

One of the most fundamentally critical elements of diagnostic histopathology is first the ability to suspend all cellular activity in tissue and prevent degradation, and secondly to process that specimen in a manner that facilitates subsequent steps such as microtomy and staining. The successful result of this is a microscopic image of cellular detail that most closely emulates the morphologic structure of disease as well as normal tissue. This session will discuss the basic principles of fixation and processing along with the various dynamics that are in play during the process. Students will learn about various fixatives, their primary components, and their optimal use; as well as talk about the histochemistry involved in tissue processing. They will also understand methods of troubleshooting and the cost associated with reprocessing tissue. The concept of ‘fluid transfer’ will be emphasized as a key factor attributing to the success of fixation and processing.


Cancer Overview: A Discussion of the Epidemiology, Diagnosis, and Technical Challenges of Breast Tissue Workups in the Histology Laboratory

Presenter: Vinnie della Speranza, Medical University of South Carolina
October 16, 2014
10:00am PT/ 1:00pm ET

The modern clinical histology laboratory is often under great pressure to provide a diagnosis on breast samples as quickly as possible. Unfortunately for the lab, breast samples pose particular challenges that make rapid turnaround even more difficult and today, prognosis and therapeutic decisions rest largely on information generated from the biopsy sample. Less than optimal handling could mislead the oncologist and prevent a patient from receiving treatments that might be beneficial. This talk will provide an overview of the technical challenges of ensuring that maximum diagnostic and prognostic information is achieved from the breast tissue sample and the current regulations for the handling of breast specimens will be reviewed along with available options for prognostic markers staining.


DO YOU KNOW Digital Pathology, what is quality, do we agree and does it matter?

Presenter: Jesus Ellin, Yuma Regional Medical Center
November 13, 2014
10:00am PT/ 1:00pm ET

Quality is squarely in the national healthcare spotlight.  Everyone knows what quality is or do we.  Does quality mean the same thing to all anatomic pathology professionals?  Although their reports usually provide guidance in using their data, a mutually agreed upon definition of quality is difficult to find.  This is no truer when using digital pathology, and having to implement it within our current environments.  An understanding of the technology is essential, but also we need to ID quality issues.  This presentation is meant as an educational guide of the technology as well as show examples of how every day aspects of our process can affect digital capture.

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