If you are having problems with crooked ribbons when cutting on your microtome, you are not alone. Our technicians & experts spent some time brainstorming and rehashing common issues they’ve had in the past with ribbons. Here are some things to watch out for & Simple Solutions to get your sectioning back underway.
|Blocks not Trimmed Parallel
||Re-embed in mold so edge of block is parallel to knife edge|
|Irregular Knife Edge
||Use another part of Knife|
|Irregular paraffin softness/hardness of one side of block
||Re-embed tissue and stir melted paraffin|
|Block Temperature uneven due to location near heat source
||Relocate Microtome or Cool Block in Water|
Each Week Vinnie & our team of Biomedical Technicians, Histologists, & Professionals will sit down to give you Vinnie’s Tip of the Week. Our first series will be on Microtomy Cutting, and simple tips that will save any histotechnologist headaches. We are happy to share our experience.
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Past Tips of the Week: Sections are Compressed, Wrinkled or Jammed together? The Ribbon Does Not Form?