School of Medical Sciences

Histology services

Routine histology

  • Processing and embedding: The tissue samples are processed in an automatic processor and embedded in wax into a block.
  • Microtomy: The embedded tissue is cut on a microtome to the required thickness to enable you to stain the section on a glass slide.
  • Frozen sectioning: OCT embedded tissue is cut on a cryostat and sections are collected onto a slide enabling you to perform immunohistochemstry or special stains.
  • Routine histology staining: Haematoxylin and Eosin is a routine stain in histology
  • Special staining: Gram stain, Masson’s Trichrome stain, Elastic Van Gieson stain and many more stains can be performed in Histology.
  • Immunohistochemistry: This method analyses and identifies cell types based on binding of antibodies to the antigens and cell components in the tissue samples.

Electron microscopy services

  • TEM processing: This method enables you to process the tissue sample into an appropriate resin to enable you to create semi-thin or ultra-thin sections
  • Semi-thin ultramicrotomy: 1 micron thin sections can be cut on an ultramicrotome

Training in histological methods

  • Processing and embedding tissues
  • Microtomy
  • Cryostat sectioning
  • Histochemistry
  • Immunohistochemistry


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