The Orthopaedic Institute charity are delighted to have received a grant of £500 from the Oswestry Rotary Club towards new equipment for our Research Laboratories here at the RJAH Hospital.
As we are currently raising funds to purchase a new Cryostat appliance which is desperately in need of replacement, the money will go towards this. The total required to purchase this machine is £16,000.
A cryostat is used to cut “exquisitely” thin slices of tissue for optimal anatomical and pathological examination. It can be used for all types of musculoskeletal tissue so its utility is not restricted to a single or limited field of scientific study. This means that all of the research teams will benefit from this piece of equipment.
“Exquisitely thin”? The thickness of the samples is measured in micrometers. A piece of standard 80gsm paper is about 100 micrometers thick and the research team cut their samples to 7 micrometers thick . . . or should that be thin?