June 1, 2011 (Wednesday) - Moh's Procedure

A lunchtime seminar. Mohs surgery, created by a general surgeon, Dr. Frederic E. Mohs, is microscopically controlled surgery used to treat common types of skin cancer. It is one of the many methods of obtaining complete margin control during removal of a skin cancer using frozen section histology.
Mohs surgery allows for the removal of a skin cancer with very narrow surgical margin and a high cure rate, and involves near patient testing for biomedical scientists with a histological bent.

There’s no denying that in the past I have often looked down on histologists as being glorified bacon slicers. And back when I worked in histology (spring 1982), histology was rather dull. But having had an insight on what they get up to these days, it would seem that I was wrong. Times have changed.
Here’s hoping that today’s session marks the start of an involvement of the histologists into our ongoing CPD program. If today was anything to go by, I for one will get a lot from it…

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