Saffron Scientific Histology Services, LLC provides histology for research, industry, environmental and wildlife management, forensics and organ procurement. Routine specimens include paraffin processing of animal, and plants specimens, including decalcified bone and teeth. Frozen sectioning, cryomicrotomy, is available for fixed and unfixed specimens at 5-40u.  Investigation and diagnosis of animal specimens, if needed, is done in collaboration with Veterinary & Laboratory Animal Pathologist, Dr. Monty Banerjee. We offer free local pickup/delivery. In house training or on site training at your facility are available upon request.

We provide the following services included in the price of a block: fixation, processing, paraffin embedding, sectioning (1 slide/block), cover slipping, and H&E staining.

Pricing Schedule for Paraffins

Price per Block

Routine paraffin processing from cassettes, includes 1 H&E slide
$11/block, $12/block from jar
Processing/Embedding only
Non-Routine paraffin, (multiple cassettes to 1 block)
add'l $5.00/block
Non-Routine paraffin, multiple specimens/ cassette
add'l $2.50/block
Non-routine processing, (Large specimens)
Re-embed/blocking only
$3.00/block [16x16mm]
$4.00/block [24x24mm]
$5.00/block [37x 24mm]
$3.00/small block, formic acid or RDO;
$5.00/small block, EDTA
$4.00/large block, formic acid or RDO
$10.00/large block, EDTA
Unstained slide, pos. charge
$4.00/1st slide,
$3.00/each add'l slide/same block
Rnase free
add'l $0.25/slide
1- 2 Levels,
3-4 Levels
add'l $1.00/slide,
add'l $2.00/slide

Serial sections [2 ribbons/slide]
Serial sections [3-4 ribbons/slide],
Paraffin schroll
add'l $1.00/slide,
add'l $2.00/slide,
$3.00 ea
Coverslipping only
$1.00/slide [acrylic mount]
$2.00/slide [aqueous mount]
Photomicrograghs [jpegs]

Pricing for Cryomicrotomy

Price per Block

Frozen sections, 1 H&E slide
$10/block, 2 sxns/slide
Unstained slide

Serial sections
Serial sections/free float
$8/slide, $1.50/each add'l slide/same block,
$1.00 each add'l row/same block
$12/block/10 sxns
$10/block/24 sxns
Attach free floating sections
Biohazard Fee
Cryoprotectant infiltrate$2.00/block(up to 6mm)
Snap Freezing$10.00 for 1-10 samples

Pricing Schedule for Staining



Group I Stains

Alcian blue, AFB, CVA, H&E, Oil Red O, PASH, Safranin O, Toluidine Blue O
Group II Stains

Alizarin Red, ABH-OrG, Aldehyde Fuchsin, CVA-LFB, Gram, Giemsa, Picro-Sirius, Trichrome
Group III Stains

GMS, PAM, Perl's Iron, VVG

Animal Diagnostics Fee Schedule


One-two biopsy site; same diagnosis. Includes: trimming, histology description, processing, 1 H&E slide & specimen storage for retrieval. Diagnosis is mailed or emailed to clinician.
Three or more sites; different diagnosis. Same as above, 2 cassettes, 2 H&E slides


Includes gross necropsy, trimming, and fixation. Cost depends on number of organs of interest.

Miscellaneous Pricing



Gelatin dipped slides
Knife sharpening$8/fine sharpening
Slide labels $0.10/each
+ charge slides$20/box
Coverlips [24x50] $6/box or $0.10/slip
10% Buffered Formalin-30ml jar $0.50/jar
Bouins Fixative$30/L
Safeclear (solvent) $20/L
Processing/embed cassettes$0.10 each
Reagent Alcohol-100%$25/gal
Slide mailers (5 slot)$2.00/each
Slide boxes, 100 cap. $15/each
Biopsy bag$0.50/each

(FedEx charges separate)

SSHS Equipment Training and Usage Policy

 Policy on Access to Equipment

 Most services are provided as drop off services however training and usage is available on many SSHS instruments. Training will be done at the discretion of the SSHS staff at $30.00/hr. SSHS equipment usage is $20.00/hr.

Paraffin Microtomy

Paraffin microtomy training usually takes 1-2 hour to complete. User materials are as follows: Lab coat, disposable microtome blades, paraffin blocks to section, positively charged slides and slide boxes. This material can be provided by SSHS at a charge.

SSHS Technical Training Policy

 Technical Training and equipment usage is available on a limited basis. Clients should contact Maureen Doran 618-713-3151 to discuss if training &/or equipment is available. Users are required to provide their own materials or in some cases may be provided SSHS at a charge. Equipment users are required to have safety training and follow all safety regulations when working in the Saffron Scientific laboratory.

Payment Options: Check, purchase order, credit card

If you have any questions, please feel free to Contact Us.


Mouse adrenal, Oil Red O, frozen section, 5u