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Dr. Kennedy A Cryostat is a chamber that can maintain very low temperatures. Medical laboratories use cryostats to preserve frozen tissue samples. A microtome, an extremely sharp cutting instrument mounted inside a cryostat, slices tissue into pieces thin enough to be observed under a microscope. The sliced piece must be so thin as to appear almost transparent. A pathologist then examines the slice to confirm or rule out the presence of a disease, such as cancer. Use of frozen tissue samples enables physicians to examine tissue and diagnose its condition more quickly than if the tissue had been preserved without freezing. It is used to make diagnoses during surgical procedure in order to guide the next stage of surgery. For example, if a tumor is found to be benign or malignant, spread or not spread, this can determine whether it is surgically removed or not. such an examination is referred to as a "frozen section."



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