Penn Center for Musculoskeletal Disorders

Histology Core

Self Service Histology

Self-service projects are those performed by users, using equipment available in the core.

Self-Service Equipment

  • Paraffin microtomes
  • Cryostat microtomes
  • Plastics microtome
  • Paraffin embedding station
  • Microscopes
  • Histomorphometry workstation


The core provides:

  • Cassettes
  • Paraffin wax
  • Cryofilm (additional fee applies)
  • Slide boxes (additional fee applies)

Users must provide their own blades, slides and cryostat chucks.


The following pieces of equipment require training for new users:

  • Paraffin microtomes
  • Cryostat microtome (with optional cryofilm)
  • Plastics microtome
  • Histomorphometry workstation

All training is now conducted virtually. If you are interested in receiving training, please contact Dr Arroyo. They will email you a link to the training video for the relevant instrument type. After watching the video, send a reply email to confirm, and instrument sign up calendar access will be provided. Note that training fees (per user, per instrument type) apply.

Additional user policy details can be viewed here.


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