A method called "backprocessing", for subgross examination of sections, ranging between 50 microns and 1 mm in thickness using a dissecting microscope was developed. It requires either archival or current diagnostic breast tissue. In this study tissue is assumed to have been already embedded in paraffin wax for immediate diagnostic purposes. The advantages of backprocessing include the ability to select valuable or rare diagnostic tissue from archival histopathological material, and the preservation of histological structure should further examination at 5 microns thickness be required at a later date.
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