- Volume 38 Issue 3
The present study was carried out to investigate the effect of microwave fixation in comparison with that of chemical fixation in preparing the microscopic samples. The microwave fixator was equipped with infrared-temperature sensor, and that was designed to compensate air temperature in the microwave fixator. In the microwave fixation, rat tongue was well preserved in terms of muscular fasciculus and pancreas stained by Feulgen reagents showed clear reaction products in the nucleus. Reaction products by PAS method in duodenal villi appeared specifically at the goblet cells. In electron microscopy, pancreatic cellular components such as secretory granules and collagen bundles were well preserved in both fixations. In aspect of histochemical reaction and electron microscopy, high quality was due to the protein content of microwave fixed specimen. The microwave fixation method saved total duration engaging microscopic preparation.