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The Un-Automatable Attributes of Histologists: Decision Making, Planning, and Resourcefulness

Industry Topics histologists, histology automation, histology workflow

The Un-Automatable Attributes of Histologists: Decision Making, Planning, and Resourcefulness

The word “automation” can be intimidating, especially when used to describe a task you do every day in your career. For many people, automation conjures up images of robots stealing jobs. Histologists have expressed similar worries when talking about the …

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Staffing Challenges in the Histology Lab

Industry Topics efficient histology labs, histology automation

Staffing Challenges in the Histology Lab

The results of the American Society for Clinical Pathology’s 2016-2017 Vacancy Survey of Medical Laboratories in the United States were published in the American Journal of Clinical Pathology’s May 2018 issue. Some of the results pertaining to Anatomic Pathology and …

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Efficient Histology Labs: Better Utilize Histologist Time and Skills with Automated Section Mounting

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Efficient Histology Labs: Better Utilize Histologist Time and Skills with Automated Section Mounting

The demand for histology services is expanding worldwide, in large part due increasing rates of cancer diagnosis. Between 2012 and 2030, the incidence of cancer is expected to increase by 50%. New treatments for cancer and other diseases, such as …

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Ergonomics and Repetitive Motion Injuries in Microtomy

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Ergonomics and Repetitive Motion Injuries in Microtomy

The histology laboratory is often ranked as one of the workplaces that are “most damaging to your health”. Much of this reputation is due to the presence of xylene exposure, but repetitive motion injuries and other issues in ergonomics related to …

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Automate Control Slide Preparation: Free Up Your Day

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Automate Control Slide Preparation: Free Up Your Day

Cutting control blocks for control slides can take up a significant portion of a histologist’s day, but the task is necessary for labs performing immunohistochemistry (IHC). In fact, the use of IHC is expected to expand as fields like immuno-oncology …

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The Future of Automation in the Histology Laboratory

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The Future of Automation in the Histology Laboratory

How do you plan to keep your histology lab running at top efficiency, despite lower reimbursement rates, new stains and methods to develop, and fewer trained histologists available to fill the vacancies? One answer is automating more steps in the …

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3 Better Ways to Get More Out of Your Histology Lab Budget

General budgeting, histology automation, Lean histology, Six Sigma histology

Pathology labs have seen reimbursement rates decreasing for years, and 2018 will probably be no different. The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services recently released their 2018 draft reimbursement rates, and 75% of lab test codes are expected to get …

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Why Automation Is a Histologist’s Best Ally

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Histology is one of the few remaining areas in science that isn’t fully automated. But some trend watchers say it’s only a matter of time before the “last art form in medicine” uses fully automated processes—from embedding and staining tissues …

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Increase Your Histology Lab Production Without Decreasing Your Sanity

General efficient histology labs, histology automation, histology process improvements, histology workflow, Six Sigma histology

The pressure for histology lab production to become more efficient is growing every year. Budgets are decreasing, reimbursement is changing, and finding qualified histologists is becoming more difficult as their numbers decrease. These are trends that are likely to continue …

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Gentle Section Removal from the Blade with Water

General histology automation, motorized microtomes, PaceSetter

The Aquaro ASM has gone through some recent updates to its features and appearance – read more about them here. One of the most important updates to the Aquaro ASM is its method of removing sections from the blade before …

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