Histology Imaging Core
The Histology/Imaging (H/I) Core Laboratory is divided into two service elements: the Histology Core Laboratory (HCL) and the Imaging Core Laboratory (ICL).
The HCL provides a range of histological services that include paraffin embedment of tissue specimens, paraffin block sectioning, slide mounting, and staining with standard histological dyes (e.g., hematoxylin & eosin). The HCL also has a cryotome for sectioning frozen specimens. Paraffin embedding, sectioning, and staining of specimens is performed on a fee-for-service basis by a senior, certified histopathology technician using high-throughput, automated equipment. Cryotomy can be performed either by the histopathology technician or by the client. Clients are charged hourly for use of the cryotome and must complete a training session before access is granted. The services of the HCL are available to investigators at BRI and are also available (for research purposes only) to VMMC personnel and to investigators from other institutions.
The ICL houses a variety of microscopes and other equipment that enable investigators to view and record images from microscope slides, cultured cells, whole-mounted specimens, and protein/nucleic acid gels and blots. Use of ICL equipment is restricted to investigators at BRI.
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Detailed information about the rules and policies for use of HCL and ICL services and specific profiles of ICL imaging equipment can be found at the H/I Core Website at BRInet. Signup for use of the HCL cryotome and the ICL imaging equipment is accomplished online through BRI Calendars at BRInet.