Special Stains

Hematoxylin and Eosin (H&E) staining is a routine staining technique that reveals exceptional detail of tissue structure and makeup of the cells. Stained cell structures (e.g. nucleus, cytoplasm, organelles, extra-cellular components) provide important information for tissue-based cancer diagnosis. Special stains refer to alternative staining techniques that are used when H&E stains do not provide all the cellular information required. These techniques use a variety of dyes and methods so that pathologists can visualize tissue morphology and detect the presence of particular cell types, structures or pathogens (e.g. bacteria). We have the broadest special stainmenu anywhere (over 30 special stains), including:

  • Grocott’s Methenamine Silver (GMS) Stain
  • Reticulin Stains
  • Trichrome Stains
  • Giemsa Stain
  • Periodic Acid-Schiff (PAS) Stains