Prepares histologic slides from tissue sections for microscopic examination and diagnosis by pathologists. May assist in research studies.
This career is part of the Health Science cluster Diagnostic Services pathway.
A person in this career:
- Stains tissue specimens with dyes or other chemicals to make cell details visible under microscopes.
- Cuts sections of body tissues for microscopic examination, using microtomes.
- Mounts tissue specimens on glass slides.
- Embeds tissue specimens into paraffin wax blocks or infiltrates tissue specimens with wax.
- Examines slides under microscopes to ensure tissue preparation meets laboratory requirements.
- Freezes tissue specimens.
- Performs procedures associated with histochemistry to prepare specimens for immunofluorescence or microscopy.
- Operates computerized laboratory equipment to dehydrate, decalcify, or microincinerate tissue samples.
- Maintains laboratory equipment, such as microscopes, mass spectrometers, microtomes, immunostainers, tissue processors, embedding centers, and water baths.
- Identifies tissue structures or cell components to be used in the diagnosis, prevention, or treatment of diseases.