Histology Lab Equipment

Specimen Preparation Tools:

The orthopaedic histology lab houses a variety of tools for embedded specimen’s mounting, sectioning, and preparation. These tools also aid handling of non-embedded bone samples to be prepared for further use in biomechanics and Micro-CT imaging.


fa3caa2af5.jpg The Exakt system is used to produce thick sections of resin-embedded tissues containing ceramic and metal implants for microscopic examination. It has the ability to provide clean, plane-parallel cuts with minimal burrs. This system is also used to support numerous preclinical and translational studies such as:

  • Those aimed at developing new materials for musculoskeletal tissue regeneration
  • Hardware for fracture stabilization or joint fusion
  • Ceramic bone void fillers
  • It can also be used to examine clinical specimens retrieved during joint replacement or other hardware revision surgeries.

Grinder_Main.jpg The EXAKT 400CS plate grinder system has the ability to create thin ground sections with plane-parallel and outstanding surface quality. Sample thicknesses in the range of 20 µm can be achieved easily. The deviation of the sample thickness after the grinding lies within a precision of approx. +/- 1.5 µm. It is equipped with the AW110 controller that can have force, speed presets making it easy to process a variety of materials and hard/soft combinations.

Polisher.jpg This polishing tool is used to prepare high quality polished surfaces on a wide variety of materials, including EBSD applications. The 7200 cycles per minute horizontal motion produces a very effective polishing action, providing superior results, exceptional flatness and less deformation. A 12in [305mm] bowl size helps accommodate several samples simultaneously.

The facility also houses a standard recirculating laboratory fume hood to aid in sample preparation stages such as embedding or potting.