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    Tissue Processor

    Tissue processors prepare tissue samples for analysis by histologists or pathologists, using a range of different processes depending on the tissue type. Typically, tissue processor machines diffuse solutions into the specimen, preparing them for embedding in a medium like paraffin wax.


    What is a tissue processor?

    A tissue processor is designed to automate the preparation of tissue samples for analysis. It systematically treats the samples through a series of chemical processes that include fixation, dehydration, clearing and infiltration with paraffin to prepare tissue for embedding and sectioning.

    What is a tissue processor machine used for in histology?

    A tissue processor machine is crucial in histology for preparing tissue samples for microscopic examination. It ensures samples are properly preserved, dehydrated, and infiltrated with paraffin – making them suitable for thin sectioning and detailed study under a microscope.

    What are the different types of tissue processors used in histology labs?

    Histology labs use various types of tissue processor machines, including:

    1. Rotary Tissue Processors: Rotate samples in a single chamber through different reagents.
    2. Vacuum Tissue Processors: Use vacuum and pressure to facilitate faster reagent penetration.
    3. Microwave Tissue Processors: Accelerate processing times using microwave irradiation.

    What are the advantages of a tissue processor?

    The advantages of tissue processors are:

    • Consistency: Automated processing ensures uniform treatment of all samples.
    • Efficiency: Reduces the time needed for tissue preparation.
    • Quality: Enhances the preservation and clarity of tissue samples for microscopic analysis.