Cell Block Basics

A well prepared cell block can be a valuable tool for diagnosing non-gynecologic cytology cases.  Cell block preparations can provide additional information which can clarify a diagnosis. They can also be used for special stains and immunohistochemistry. This workbench will review several techniques for making cell blocks and highlight the best method to use for certain specimen types.

The objectives for this workbench are:

1. Define what a cell block is.

2. Describe different techniques for making cell blocks.

3. Describe cell block techniques that work best for certain specimen types.