Biomedical Science

Analytic histology

Integrated course, 3.50 ECTS


Course content

Specialist hygiene and safety measures; pre-analysis: specimens, posting conditions, methods of transport, transport of specimens , reception and labelling of specimens, tissue preparation; preparing for macroscopic investigation, fixation methods, decalcification, embedding and storage of tissues, methods of embedding and replacing water, types of microtomes and cutting sections, cutting techniques, processes of staining and analysis, mechanisation possibilities, quality management, microscopic assessment of sections regarding cutting and staining quality and histomorphology, documentation, data sheets, validation and interpretation of the results.      

Learning outcomes

The students have basic knowledge of the necessary morphological assessment of human cells, tissues and organs at their disposal. The acquired basic theoretical knowledge enables them to make a structural differentation between human tissue and organs. They are able to produce histological preparations by fixing, embedding and pouring. Different cutting and dyeing techniques as well as the assessment of histological sections on their quality are conveyed.      

Recommended or required reading and other learning resources / tools

Hartmann et al: Zytologie, Histologie und mikroskopische Anatomie; Hees/Sinowatz: Histologie;Welsch: Lehrbuch der Histologie; Romeis: Mikroskopische Technik; Bücher, Fachzeitschriften und Internetseiten entsprechend dem aktuellen Wissenstand im Fachgebiet.       

Mode of delivery

integrated course      

Prerequisites and co-requisites

anatomy, physiology, cell biology, hygiene, pathology

Assessment methods and criteria

continuous assessment