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Cancer cases are diagnosed by pathologists using stained sections from biopsies and surgical tissue samples obtained from paraffin blocks and placed on glass slides.

It is crucial for the blocks and slides to be identified in a way that is clearly legible and informative to all the individuals handling that material from grossing through processing, embedding, sectioning, staining and slide review. Proper identification not only applies to the laboratory where the blocks and slides are being produced, but also to individuals from other hospitals who may review them as consultants.

It is therefore imperative for the blocks and slides to be labeled in a permanently legible, uniform and consistent manner, in order to avoid potentially serious errors; to increase efficiency in the distribution, examination, filing, and retrieval of the material; and to facilitate communication among different entities.

To ensure patient safety the College of American Pathologists (CAP) and the National Society for Histotechnology (NSH) have published evidence based guidelines for uniform labeling of paraffin blocks and slides (Brown et.al. (2015)*). Key recommendations include legible labeling of two patient identifiers and accession designation consisting of case type, year and a unique accession number. If an LIS system is used to print and track cassettes and slides, a barcode embedded with key information also needs to be printed.

In order to implement efficient workflows laboratories are challenged to move towards direct on-demand printing of cassettes at the grossing station and direct on-demand printing of slides at the microtome station. Hand written labeling of cassettes and slides are prone to errors and attaching printed labels on slides are labor intensive and expensive. To overcome these challenges Sakura Finetek provides SMART system solutions with a combination of cassette and slide printers, software and optimized and validated cassettes and slides.

Cassette Printer

The SMART system solution for on-demand or batch printing of cassettes in any color.

Increase efficiency for your laboratory while reducing the risk of misidentification of specimens with the Tissue-Tek® SmartWrite® Cassette Printers.

Integrated solution for cassette printing include; SmartWrite Printers feature thermal transfer printing technology that is noise, fume and UV cure-free. Print quality is crisp, permanent and resistant to histological chemicals. Its reliable robotic cassette feed enables cassette printing every 7.5 seconds.

The Tissue-Tek SmartWrite Cassette Printer with AutoLoader can be conveniently placed next to the grossing station. The Tissue-Tek SmartWrite Cassette Printer (Manual feed) has a small footprint enabling placement within the grossing station.

These printers also enable 300dpi high-resolution and high-content 1D and 2Dbarcodes, alpha numeric, graphic and logo printing. The Tissue-Tek® SmartWrite® Software and drivers provide a single SMART solution for template design, printer management and LIS integration.

The Tissue-Tek SmartWrite Cassette Printers have been optimized and validated for black or color printing on Tissue-Tek® Uni-Cassette®, Histo-Tek® Cassettes with Lid Attached, and Tissue-Tek® Paraform® Frames, creating a turn-key system for the best printing results.

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Slide Printer

The SMART system solution for on-demand printing of slides in any color

Incorporate the Tissue-Tek® SmartWrite® Slide Printer into your microtome workstation for a SMART system solution for on-demand slide printing, enabling efficiency and reducing the risk of misidentification of patient cases.

The Tissue-Tek SmartWrite Slide Printer is a compact, high resolution thermal transfer printer designed to print colored identifiers directly on to microscope slides for use in pathology laboratories. Print quality is crisp, permanent and resistant to histological chemicals.

The Tissue-Tek SmartWrite Slide Printer also enables 300 dpi high-resolution and high-content 1D and 2D barcodes, alpha numeric, graphic and logo printing. The Tissue-Tek® SmartWrite® Software and drivers provide a single solution for template design, printer management and LIS integration.

The Tissue-Tek SmartWrite Slide Printer has been optimized and validated for color or black printing on Tissue-Tek® SmartWrite® White Frosted Slides creating a turn-key system solution for the best printing results.

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* Uniform labeling of blocks and slides in surgical pathology. (2015) Brown R.W, Speranza, V D, Alvarez J O, Eisen R N, Frishberg D P, Rosai J, Santiago J, Tunnicliffe J, Colasacco C, Lacchetti C & Thomas N E. Arch Pathol Lab Med. doi: 10.5858/arpa.2014-0340-SA

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