How can I improve my microtomy?

  1. Choose paraffin with lower melting point.
  2. Adjust room temperature.
  3. Decrease microns.
  4. Dull blade slightly; introduce nick to one edge of blade.
  5. Increase clearance to angle between 3-8 degrees.
  6. Replace with clean blade.
  7. Tighten all clamps.

What are the main steps of microtomy?

Simple Instructions:

  • Clamping the specimen. Always clamp the specimen block BEFORE clamping the knife or the blade.
  • Clamping the knife / disposable blade.
  • Adjusting the clearance angle.
  • Orienting the specimen.
  • Trimming the specimen.
  • Sectioning.
  • Changing specimens.
  • Pack up.

What is clearance angle of microtome?

The clearance angle in relation to the block face is typically 3-8 degrees but can vary with the model of the microtome. The blade clearance angle prevents contact between the blade facet and the face of the block. The facet angle is the angle between two facets that form the cutting edge.

Why is trimming of paraffin wax necessary?

The purpose of trimming is to create an even, flat surface in the area of interest in the tissue so that the histologists to not have to face (cut with the microtome) into the paraffin block as deeply when trying to get the first good sections for a slide.

What is the optimum cutting angle in microtome?

Most microtomes using low profile blades cut best when the clearance angle is set at 5°. When the clearance angle is too wide, the tip of the blade will scrape the block and chatter will result.

What is honing in microtome?

Sharpening of microtome knife – To achieve good sections knife should be very sharp. The knife is put in the knife back to sharpen. Knife can be sharpened manually or by the use of automatic machine. Honing – This is done to remove nicks and irregularity from the knife edge.

What is a vibrating microtome?

Vibrating microtomes (Vibratomes) by Leica Biosystems help you to accurately cut tissue under physiologial conditions without freezing or embedding. These precise instruments maintain cell morphology, enzyme activity, as well as cell viability of the tissue.

How do you clean microtome blades?

Use a dry, lint-free, facial tissue to wipe your knife clean. DO NOT USE GAUZE or any other coarse material, it will destroy the edge of your knife. A. Keep the edge of your knife clean at all times.

How do I choose a microtome blade?

To produce quality segments, they need to choose a suitable microtome knife. Without the proper blade, scientists risk ruining their most vital samples. Choosing the best microtome blade mainly depends on the specimen being studied and the thickness of the segment you need.

What are the three essential parts of microtome?

There are different microtomes, but they all consist of three main parts:

  • Base (microtome body)
  • Knife attachment and blade.
  • Material or tissue holder.

What is microtome knives?

A microtome is a mini-vice that holds a sample in place while a heavy and very sharp glass- or diamond-edged knife slices off sections of a few tens of microns thick. From: Fundamentals of Forensic Science (Third Edition), 2015.

How do I use a microtome correctly?

Use a container that has guides to hold the blades rigid. Never leave blades on countertops. Lacerations can occur when reaching across the countertop and inadvertently contacting an unprotected blade. When setting up the microtome, position the sample first then put in the blade.

What training do I need to work with microtomes?

Working with microtomes, whether preparing or cutting a sample, is a true art. You need specific hands-on training from your supervisor before using a microtome. Because of the associated hazards, safety must be incorporated into every step of the pr Lab Manager AcademySubscribe to Lab Manager Lab Manager | Run Your Lab Like a Business Subscribe

How thick can a microtome be?

Although the microtome was set on 3 µm the first couple of sections would be 4–5 µm thick due to thermal expansion. Care is taken to avoid the formation of air bubbles in the flotation bath.

What are some common problems with microtomes?

Worn microtome parts/microtome out of calibration. Sectioning very dense tissue (ex. Uterus). Pressure plate tightened too much resulting in a bowing of the disposable blade. Residual paraffin on block edges- preventing adequate tightening of the block in the specimen clamp. Increase blade tilt / greater clearance angle.