Microwave-Assisted Tissue Preparation

: 2 credits
Expiry Date
: None
CPD Units
: 2.00 Points
: 2.9/4

This article describes the protocols using microwave irradiation for several essential histochemical techniques.

Keywords: Microwave irradiation; tissue fixation; decalcification; antigen retrieval; cryosectioning; immunostaining

Reading material:

Educational Objectives

Educational Aim:
The aim of this module is to inform practitioners how microwave-assisted tissue preparation can reduce the time required for routine and specialised histochemical procedures.

Educational Outcomes:
Upon completion of this module practitioners should have a clear understanding of:

  1. The use of microwaves in tissue processing techniques.
  2. Describe how microwave irradiation can be used for:
    1. tissue fixation
    2. fixation of cultured cells
    3. decalcification
    4. immunohistochemistry and immunofluorescence microscopy
    5. processing of fatty tissues
    6. electron microscopy techniques
    7. cryosectioning 
    8. application of special stains.

Instruction for this Module

  • Read the supplied reading material and complete the quiz at the end
  • You need to pass the quiz and complete the course rating to generate the module certificate at the end
  • You have three attempts to pass the quiz
  • The pass grade is 70%
  • Please click on the CPD certificate link to claim your certificate and to update your CPD Manager

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