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 and technologies like multiplexing grow. With this growth, preparing control slides will become a greater strain on labs, as they … Read More

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 histology workflow. Clif Chapman, MS, HTL, QIHC (ASCP), of StrataDX, notes that automation can improve laboratory efficiency while maintaining consistent … Read More

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

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 cut next year. Most pathology labs will have to work hard to find money. Many of them will either cut … Read More

Our Top Highlights from the 43rd Annual NSH Symposium/Convention

There’s a wave of new technologies and innovations in histology that are happening at a rapid pace. From techniques at the bench to imaging, the 43rd Annual NSH Symposium/Convention highlighted the latest trends and changes affecting the field. The Annual NSH Symposium/Convention is one of the leading U.S. conferences dedicated to the field of histotechnology. Each year it attracts histology … Read More

In Case You Missed It…Latest News in Histology – October 2, 2017

Aquaro Histology was founded to help histologists to do their best work, get access to the best resources, and enjoy the best tools in the industry. So we keep our eyes on the latest histology news, trends, and developments. Here’s some of the top news and developments going on in the past month.

Why Automation Is a Histologist’s Best Ally

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 to cutting and mounting sections. For some histologists, more automation raises more fears than cheers. Change of any sort can … Read More

Increase Your Histology Lab Production Without Decreasing Your Sanity

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 for the foreseeable future. The need for an efficient histology lab has never been greater. Here are some sensible strategies … Read More

How to Get the Most Out of the Annual NSH Symposium 2017

The Annual NSH Symposium/Convention (NSH 2017) is the largest educational event working to advance and promote the histology profession. It’s the premier source of learning, knowledge and future-oriented research for histotechnicians and histotechnologists. Attendees get access to world-class resources, education, ideas and advocacy. If you’re not attending NSH 2017, you’re missing out on unique opportunities to develop your career. Even … Read More

Improved Slide Quality and Standardization with the PaceSetter Section Mounting System

With the recent FDA allowance of whole slide imaging for the review and interpretation of digital surgical pathology slides, as well as growing quantitative biomarker analysis of tissue sections, histology labs are increasingly standardizing the process of preparing slides. Standardization of all steps of the histology workflow, including embedding, processing, microtomy, and staining, can impact slide quality and consistency both … Read More

Dermatopathology with Clif Chapman

After speaking with Clifford Chapman MS, HTL(ASCP), QIHC, on Automation and Quality Control in the Histology Laboratory, we asked him to write up an introduction to dermatopathology, as he co-authored a book on the subject, Dermatopathology Laboratory Techniques. In addition to the helpful information on dermatopathology, a brief review of the book can be found at the bottom of this … Read More