To prepare tissue, bone and blood samples by fixing, freezing, embedding, cutting, staining, mounting, and examining the specimens according to routine and specialized histologic techniques. Develop and troubleshoot procedures in order to maintain the quality of services provided.
Perform and refine immunohistochemical techniques for diagnosis of pathologic conditions in tissues, cytology and hematology preparations.
Perform and refine advanced procedures for evaluation of enzymes in tissues, specifically muscles.
Perform initial handling, division and preparation of nerves, muscles, tissues, and kidneys in order that subsequent procedures may be performed.
Modify techniques and/or procedures, within acceptable limits, for the purpose of meeting special conditions or to expedite diagnosis.
Cut frozen sections in order that tissue may be further evaluated through special stains.
Develop and implement new procedures as they are published in the literature or modify current procedures in order to stay abreast of current laboratory trends.
Sharpen knives to proper angle and sharpness necessary to cut high quality tissue sections.
Troubleshoot any procedure or staining technique in order to maintain high quality.
Maintain reagents on hand at all times.
Maintain laboratory equipment in order that proper quality control is maintained and data is current at all times.
A bachelor's degree in a biological science or an equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and abilities can be acquired is necessary.
Completion of accredited histotechnology program or one year experience in a histology laboratory is necessary.
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