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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.

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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Microtomy Full Circle

Presented on July 17, 2014.

Presented by Bill DeSalvo, Sonora Quest.

The use of a microtome seems simple and easy, but today, every Histotechnician and Histotechnologist is defined by their use and mastery of the microtome. What type of microtome is best suited for use in your workflow process? That depends upon the type of tissues cut, paraffin and blades used and so many more variables …

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Sustaining Lean, Pursuing Stretch Goals, and Harnessing the Power of Business Intelligence

Presented on June 5, 2014.

Presented by Vince D'Mello.

Well informed healthcare consumers are seeking bold innovations that improve quality, cost efficiencies and demonstrate value because of unprecedented growth in healthcare costs. Consumer expectations to deliver quality laboratory services with diminishing resources are a challenging issue confronting laboratories globally.  The solutions are innovative thinking, adoption of quality management systems and BI tools.   There …

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Exploring the Link Between Histology and Cytology

Presented on February 27, 2014.

Presented by Debora A. Smith CT(ASCP).

In laboratories across the country, histotechnologist are being cross trained to process cytology specimens and in some instances to assist in making slides for radiology guided fine needle aspiration biopsies. This presentation will introduce the attendee to basic cytology principles, exploring benign cellular morphology and comparing it with atypical/malignant changes. There will also be a …

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Basic Detection of Microorganisms in Tissue

Presented on January 23, 2014.

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

The detection and identification of specific microorganisms in tissues is critical in diagnostic pathology. While there are many different organisms, some very similar in morphology and structure, it is imperative to clinicians to be able to discern specific organisms before an appropriate medical treatment can be prescribed. This session will acquaint students with two of …

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Going Where No One Has Gone Before—A Grass Roots Approach To Success In The Digital World

Presented on November 7, 2013.

Presented by Jesus Ellin, HT/PA ASCP BSBE, Yuma Regional Medical Center.

Anatomic pathology labs have a manufacturing-like workflow. The use of instruments is not new but requires upfront thinking about workflow and interoperability. Digital pathology, specifically whole slide imaging, is no different. Even in the digital age of whole slide imaging, we have the production of physical glass slides to reckon with. Therefore, the role of …

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A Systems Approach to H&E Staining

Presented on August 15, 2013.

Presented by Herbert Skip Brown, MDiv, HT(ASCP), Northwestern University.

Hematoxylin has been described as “the most valuable staining reagent used in histologic work.” While it is commonly known as the primary element of routine staining in histopathology, in effect it is a complex dye that demonstrates a wide variation of staining patterns depending on its interaction with other reagents and chemistries. Oftentimes various stain …

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