Birmingham, West Midlands, UK – 28 September 2017
The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust (RWT) is one of the largest acute and community, specialist service providers in the West Midlands, UK, providing its services from New Cross Hospital, West Park Hospital, Cannock Chase Hospital and more than 20 community sites.
Trajan Scientific and Medical (Trajan) has been working closely with the pathology department at New Cross Hospital to improve performance of bone marrow trephine (BMT) biopsy testing.
Bone marrow diagnostic tests are usually undertaken for cancers that are most likely to affect the bone marrow, such as lymphoma, leukemia, multiple myeloma, anemia, amyloidosis, and pancytopenia.
Glyn Woodward, Quality Lead at RWT’s New Cross Hospital, has been working in histopathology for more than 40 years, and is familiar with the challenges associated with processing BMT biopsy specimens.
An ongoing challenge for New Cross Hospital has been a higher than normal test repeat rate on BMT cases, due to tissue lifting off microscope slides during processing.
Trajan supplied specialized adhesive microscope slides for review in BMT cases by New Cross Hospital. The initial verification and validation exercise as part of the laboratory’s ISO 15189 compliance showed Trajan Series 3 adhesive microscope slides dramatically increased the retention of BMT tissue sections on test slides.
With minimal failure and repeat rates, using Trajan slides provide fast turnaround time for patient results.
Photos (L-R): H&E stain and reticulin silver stain of bone marrow trephine (BMT) biopsy sections on Trajan Series 3 adhesive microscope slides.
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