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Microwave Histotechnology Vs Conventional Histotechnology: A Review

M Selvamani, B S Shruthi, P Vinodh Kumar

Citation Information : Selvamani M, Shruthi BS, Kumar PV. Microwave Histotechnology Vs Conventional Histotechnology: A Review. CODS J Dent 2013; 5 (1):34-39.

DOI: 10.5005/cods-5-1-34

License: CC BY-NC-ND 3.0

Published Online: 01-06-2013

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2013; The Author(s).


Turnaround time is an important consideration in surgical pathology. Attempts to shorten the time necessary for making a histopathological slide from the surgical tissue has been tried in various ways since many decades without compromising the quality of it. One amongst such attempt is the introduction of microwave to the field of his totechnology.

Microwaves, a form of electromagnetic wave induced heat when applied in histotechnology, reproducibly yields histolologic material of similar or superior quality to that provided by conventional processing methods making it more popular in the recent years. A laboratory microwave offers features like maximum output of 2000-3000 watts, an in built source of adjustable temperature probe, facility for ventilation of hazardous fumes, but is expensive. Considering the usefulness of microwave in histotechnology by reducing the time required for the diagnosis, replacing the conventional equipments of laboratories to microwave guided ones is a remarkable and an acceptable change.

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