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To continue to learn from experts in the field of histology, it is now possible to access the Sakura Webinar Series to view webinars that you may have missed, or would like to revisit. In addition, webinars recorded after January 2012 will include a quiz and the opportunity to earn 1 contact hour certificate provided for ASCP Certification Maintenance. Watch and learn today.

The Perfect H&E: Fact or Fiction

Presented on October 14, 2015.

Presented by Carolyn Doan, HT(ASCP).

Uncover the basic chemistry of how and why the H&E stain “should” work. Explore what can go wrong and understand corrective options. Learn the secrets to produce, sustain and reproduce superior quality H&E-stained slides in your lab. (Carolyn Doan, HT(ASCP))

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A “How To” Guide for Histology Professionals

Presented on August 31, 2015.

Presented by Tim Webster, HT(ASCP), CM.

If Darwin was right about the animal kingdom, can the same theory of evolution be applied to the histology laboratory? We are increasingly asked to do more, with less, and if our departments don’t evolve, how can we remain competitive in an ever-changing healthcare environment? We must continually and critically evaluate what we do, and …

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Optimization of Microtomy

Presented on July 16, 2015.

Presented by Herbert "Skip" Brown, HT(ASCP).

The increasing demands from pathologists for visualization of thin, high-resolution tissue specimens has taken the art of sectioning to an understanding of the science of microtomy. This has caused histologists to develop a unique micro-technique to ensure optimization and quality. This webinar is designed to give the attendee a comprehensive look at microtomy and micro-technique …

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Implementing Barcoding in Pathology

Presented on June 18, 2015.

Presented by Tim Morken, BA, HTL(ASCP).

Barcoding specimen and materials tracking in pathology has been convincingly proven to improve patient safety by avoiding common mislabeling mistakes. Barcoding also allows precise tracking of all materials and measurement of workflow down to the minute, which can help you manage the work much more effectively. You want to do it but don’t know where …

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Identification of Infectious Diseases by Immunohistochemistry

Presented on May 14, 2015.

Presented by Jim Burchette.

The use of immunohistochemistry for identification of infectious diseases is a very important role in diagnostic clinical pathology. Oftentimes, results obtained with IHC testing give a definitive diagnosis, especially in patients with compromised immune systems such as transplant patients where the preoperative diagnosis is rejection versus viral infection. This is a major contribution to patient …

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Predictable Performance in Histology, Is it Predictable?

Presented on March 19, 2015.

Presented by Bill DeSalvo HTL (ASCP).

This webinar will address the trend in the Histology Laboratory to assess personnel reliability, in particular the pressure to treat human error analysis in the same manner as hardware component analysis. Traditionally, Histology focuses on human error, but should we be broadening our focus to consider human adaptability to automation as the key feature for …

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Microtomy: The Melding of Art and Science

Presented on February 19, 2015.

Presented by Jan Minshew.

Microtomy is one of the most important technical skills performed in clinical and research histopathology laboratories. It’s a pivotal point in the production of quality slides — everything that is done to the specimen prior to reaching the microtome will affect the section quality, and without a good section, subsequent procedures will be compromised. A …

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

Presented on October 16, 2014.

Presented by Vinnie della Speranza, Medical University of South Carolina.

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 …

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Optimization of Fixation & Processing in the 21st Century

Presented on September 18, 2014.

Presented by Herbert Skip Brown, M.D., HT(ASCP).

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 …

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Troubleshooting IHC

Presented on August 14, 2014.

Presented by Sheron Lear, HT(ASCP)HTL, QIHC.

In the age of automation, with many reagents and antibodies available as pre-dilutes or ready to use, and equipment that can accomplish all the tasks that had to be manually performed, IHC seems so simple. ‘Any one can do IHC’! But what happens when the results are not as you expected? What could be the …

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