Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: , Nth Queensland, Australia
I was studying to become a Medical Laboratory Scientist years ago as my first career. Whilst specialising in Histology (tissues), I use to have the job of running up to the Operating Theatre and grabbing the warm specimen, processing them, and letting the surgeon know if they had removed all the diseased tissue for certain types of operations. I used to also get the breasts that were removed during mastectomy, and would have to process these.
This involved removing all the fluid from the adipose tissue (fat) via a mixture of Xylene and Alcohol. Effectively, I would have a bucket of breast soaking in Alcohol, and have to squeeze all the moisture from the fat, over a period of time, so all that was left was the skin, pectoral muscle etc and lymphatic tissue (Lymph Nodes) which we had to do before transferring the nodes etc onto a microscope slide at around 4 microns in thickness, and staining the tissue with special dyes.
I also assisted at all the Post Mortems, but that's another story!
It was 25 years ago, but I reckon I could still do the tissue processing and slide production today.
Flying is so much cleaner!
Best wishes all.