Electron Microscopy

Monday – Friday, 7AM – 3:30PM

Electron Microscopy involves ultrastructural evaluation of body tissues with pathologic interpretation typically in conjunction with light microscopy and other staining techniques.


Lab Number: 612-873-2175
Fax: 612-904-4240

Lab Request Forms / Instructions

Neuromuscular Pathology Request Form (PDF)
Immunohistochemistry Request Form (PDF)
Specimen Preparation Instructions (PDF)

Electron Microscopy Pathology Staff

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Gretchen S. Crary, MD, MBA
Director of Electron Microscopy

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Adam Loavenbruck, MD

Stephen A. Smith, MD, Neuromuscular Pathology

Our Services

Renal Pathology
Quality interpretation of over 700 renal biopsy specimens is performed annually by the renal pathology staff, including Drs. Crary, Linzie and Cameron. Consultations by telephone are available. Formal reports can be mailed or faxed to physicians and medical records department.

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Electron microscopy services are routinely coordinated with light and immuno-fluorescence microscopy which are handled through the Histopathology Laboratory. To request a renal kit or to obtain additional information regarding handling and specimen requirements, please call 612-873-3082, Monday through Friday, 6:00 am to 2:30 pm.

Neuromuscular Pathology
More than 300 neuromuscular specimens are processed yearly by the EM/Neuromuscular Laboratory with Pathologic interpretation by Stephen A. Smith. Personal consultation for directing essential testing and services is available to the clinician by experienced and specialized medical staff.

Detailed instructions for handling muscle and nerve tissue samples can be faxed or sent with the proper fixatives for the requested studies to be done by calling (612) 873-2175. Biopsies must be performed by noon of each day, Monday - Friday.

Rush Delivery to:

825 South 8th Street
Suite LL-05
Minneapolis, MN 55404

Facilities outside the metro transport area should call the EM Lab for a kit containing a vial of 4:1 fixative and directions for handling. Package the specimen with patient and billing information in a mailing carton and ship via Federal Express Overnight Service to our HCMC Electron Microscopy Laboratory. Please call for detailed directions and to alert the staff when to expect its arrival.