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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 351-355

Use of microwave in diagnostic pathology


1 Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology and Microbiology, Vishnu Dental College, Vishnupur, Bhimavarm, India
2 Department of Pedodontics, Sri Balaji Dental college and Hospital, Chennai, India

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Basavaradhya Sahukar Shruthi
Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology and Microbiology, Vishnu Dental College, Vishnupur, Bhimavarm - 534202, Andhra Pradesh
India
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DOI: 10.4103/0973-1482.119301

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Conventional tissue fixation and processing is as old as 100 years and still remains the gold standard against which all new technologies and methods need to be assessed. Tissue processing is one of the important steps for obtaining good thin sections without artifacts. Though conventional tissue-processing methods are most commonly followed, they are well-known as very laborious and tedious procedures. 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, i.e., reducing the time required for the diagnosis, replacing the conventional equipments of laboratories by microwave-guided ones is a remarkable and an acceptable change.


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