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Four sectioning workstations are available with float baths and required accessories.

Disposable blades are available for purchase — please see the current price list for cost-recovery pricing. Users are responsible for providing their own slides.

The booking calendars for these workstations are listed with each unit.

Please contact Dr. Adi Manek at hsbhistology@usask.ca for more information and training prior to booking and using these instruments.

American Optical 820 Microtome

There are three sectioning workstations available with older AO 820 manual microtomes for sectioning of FFPE samples.

These microtomes do not mount histocassette blocks.

Regular and disposable blades are available upon request for a cost-recovery fee.

Leica Digital Microtome

The Leica digital microtome provides tracked sequential sectioning and has a disposable blade holder.

This microtome only mounts histocassette blocks.

Disposable blades are available upon request for a cost-recovery fee.

NOTE: The Leask research group has priority for scheduling of this workstation.

Leitz 1512 Microtome

There is one workstation containing a Leitz 1512 microtome with an optional disposable blade holder for sectioning of FFPE samples.

This microtome only mounts histocassette blocks.

Regular and disposable blades are available upon request for a cost-recovery fee.

Microm Automated Microtome

The Microm 350S automated microtome provides tracked sequential sectioning. It has blade holders for traditional and thicker tungsten carbide blades.

This microtome holds both styles of paraffin blocks and acrylic blocks. 

Blades are available upon request for a cost-recovery fee.

NOTE: The Cooper research group has priority for scheduling of this workstation.

Cryostat

The TBS cryostat is available for cryosectioning of previously prepared frozen sections.

Same day cryostat booking is not available — please book a minimum of 48 hours prior to ensure the unit is chilled and prepared for use.

Vibratome

The vibratome is available upon request for vibrational sectioning of prepared tissues.

Please book at least 24 hours prior to use.

Tetrander

There is currently no booking calendar for this equipment. Please confirm availability prior to use.

Training with and the use of this equipment should be arranged by emailing Dr. Adi Manek at hsbhistology@usask.ca.

Glass Knife Maker

A glass knife maker is available to create glass blades for unique sectioning protocols. 

Training with and the use of this equipment should be arranged by emailing Dr. Adi Manek at hsbhistology@usask.ca.