Tissue processing is a process of preparing the tissue for analysis by embedding the tissue in a solid medium that will provide sufficient rigidity to the tissue, so that thin sections of the tissue can be cut. A tissue processor is used to prepare samples of a tissue by fixing, staining and dehydrating the tissue. The processors are generally single unit devices that can house a variety of processing techniques to suit the diverse needs of the laboratory. Tissue processing includes various stages: collection, labeling & fixation of specimen, dehydration, clearing, impregnation, embedding and finally trimming & sectioning.
Tissue processing can be carried out manually (hand processing), but in case of multiple specimens it is convenient and more efficient to employ a tissue processor. Tissue processing devices are available since the 1940’s and have evolved to be safer in use, process more quickly, handle larger specimen numbers and produce superior quality outcomes.
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Tissue Processing Systems Market: Segmentation
There are two major types of tissue processors, the fluid-transfer processors also called as enclosed type in that specimens are kept in a single process chamber and fluids are pumped in and out as requisite. The other type is the tissue-transfer also called as dip and dunk processor in which specimens to be processed are moved from container to container. The modern processors offer efficient fluid circulation, temperature manipulation and vacuum/pressure cycles to improve processing and decrease processing times.
Tissue processing systems market can be classified on the basis of
- Fluid-transfer processors
- Tissue-transfer processors
- Small volume processors
- Medium volume processors
- Large volume processors
Tissue processing is important for the microscopic analysis of tissues and cells that require preparation of extremely thin, high quality sections to demonstrate abnormal and normal structures. Mostly fresh tissues are very delicate and can be easily damaged and distorted, thus it is impossible to prepare thin sections from it. To study the tissue under microscope, tissue must be chemically preserved or fixed.
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Tissue Processing Systems Market: Region-wise Outlook
Geographically, the global tissue processing systems market is segmented into four major segments for the purpose of the report: North America, Asia-Pacific, Europe, and Rest of the World (RoW). North America has been the traditional market leader, trailed by Europe. Together, these markets constitute the largest share in the tissue processing systems market. The reasons for this include: new and emerging technologies and rapid advancements in microscopy technology, an increasing number of academic and commercial healthcare institutions, and a deeper emphasis on research and development activities in life science industry.
However, Asia Pacific market is also witnessing a very positive growth due to development of healthcare system, rising pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry along with the encouraging regulatory environment and growth in medical tourism in countries such as India and China. Along with Asia Pacific, Latin American countries are also witnessing an admirable growth. Majority of the growth in this region is attributed by the growth and development of healthcare industry in China, Brazil, and India.
The development of the medical industry, the growing prevalence of various types of diseases, and a willingness to spend on accurate medical instruments are among the other notable factors that will help keep this market on the growth track.
Tissue Processing Systems Market: Key Players
The global tissue processing systems market is highly fragmented due to the participation of many global as well as new players in this market. Some of the major players in the market are IHC WORLD, LLC, Leica Biosystems Nussloch GmbH, Siemens AG, Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. and Universal Microtomes.