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Following are general notes on selection and trimming in pathology:
- Generally, use inking for resection margins where cancer radicality is important.[notes 2] Excisions made by laser do not need inking on the excision surfaces, since the coagulated surface can be easily identified in the microscope.
- Preferably photograph or make a drawing where slices have been taken.
- Remove any surgical stitches from samples before microtomy.
- At least for larger samples, consider looking for medical imaging or biopsy reports in order to better guide the process.
- Generally, strive to make slices perpendicular to visible interfaces of different tissues.
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- Inking can be done with India ink, and will specify the serosa or resection margin in later histopathologic evaluation.
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