Slivers Information and Courses from MediaLab, Inc.
These are the MediaLab courses that cover Slivers and links to relevant pages within the course.
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Shave procedures are used frequently with removal of skin growths that measure approximately 4 to 5 mm in diameter. A small, spoon-shaped piece of skin is removed using a scalpel. Following tissue processing, the skin shavings may resemble crescent shapes, or small slivers of skin. Embed the cut surface of the skin sliver "on edge" to be cut perpendicularly on the cut surface, so that all the skin layers will be visible on the section. Arrange the pieces so that the hardest portion (typically the epidermis) will meet the microtome blade last. Use the epidermis surface (often marked with ink) to assist orientation. Orient all the skin surfaces and inked edges facing in the same direction.Carefully press down the thinnest fine points of the slivers to make it easier to obtain a complete section without cutting portions of the specimen pieces away.
|On all of the following specimens, the histologist is given the embedding orientation instructions to "embed on edge." For which specimen is this orientation NOT appropriate?||View Page|