Message Number: YG931 | New FHL Archives Search
From: Bruce Williams, DVM
Date: 2001-03-08 18:33:00 UTC
Subject: Re: Vet question:

--- In Ferret-Health-list@y..., "Karen Purcell, DVM" <drkaren@w...>
> Bruce,
> You answered:
> > Well, it depends on the size of an object, and what it is.
> > is not a problem in many things, if you make one cut and make it
> > 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,
> > they tend to harden in the fixative. Most adrenals that people
> > cut at surgery to look at, end up fairly crushed. I'm not saying
> > 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,
> > 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
> > for you. (That's a service that Antech doesn't offer, I'll bet!)
> Thanks!! Where should I be sending the occasional sample? I
> started taking pictures before, during and after, since I'm doing
> this lecturing these days ;-)

Send 'em to me at:

Dept. of Telemedicine
Armed Forces Inst. of Pathology
Washington, DC 20306-6000

If they are photogenic, I'll get 'em photographed by the
professionals here. If not, I'll just cut 'em and read 'em out.