Marking the surgical margins of specimens: commercial acrylic pigments are reliable, rapid and safe

Heng Wu Chiam, Phillip G Maslen, Gary J Hoffman

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Abstract

AIM: To find a medium to mark the surgical margins and orientation of complex specimens that is reliable, easy to use, safe and inexpensive.

METHODS: Several different paints, dyes and pigments were tested. A series of pigments supplied by SICPA Australia Pty Ltd, when fixed to the specimen in acetic formalin, was used on over 7000 complex specimens.

RESULTS: The pigments were easily visualised macroscopically on gross specimen and processed blocks and microscopically at the surgical margins. Review of early material confirmed its stability.

CONCLUSION: These pigments fulfill all the criteria of being reliable, easy to use, inexpensive, safe and stable and have been used successfully in our department for 4 years.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)204-6
Number of pages3
JournalPathology
Volume35
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2003
Externally publishedYes

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