Message Number: YG929 | New FHL Archives Search
From: Karen Purcell, DVM
Date: 2001-03-08 13:33:00 UTC
Subject: Re: [Ferret-Health-list] Re: Vet question:


You answered:

> Well, it depends on the size of an object, and what it is. Bisection
> is not a problem in many things, if you make one cut and make it a
> clean one. For photographing many organs, for example kidneys, I
> will bisect them, so I can photograph one side with the capsule
> showing and one side with the pelvis showing. If I can remember,
> I'll post one of these images.
> there are some problems with cutting before fixation. Many "soft
> organs", like adrenals or brains, cut much better after fixation, as
> they tend to harden in the fixative. Most adrenals that people have
> cut at surgery to look at, end up fairly crushed. I'm not saying to
> send inthe whole liver or the whole spleen - a slice is just as nice -
> but there is no need to cut into a lymph node, or an adrenal, for
> instance. You really can't see much until they are fixed anyway -
> that's when the nodules become grossly visible.
> And anything that is really neat - either photograph it before
> cutting it or don't cut it. Send it to me, and I'll photograph it
> for you. (That's a service that Antech doesn't offer, I'll bet!)

Thanks!! Where should I be sending the occasional sample? I have
started taking pictures before, during and after, since I'm doing all
this lecturing these days ;-)

-Dr. Karen