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Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (MFT) Cellular Pathology Electron Microscopy (EM) Service is situated on the Ground Floor of Clinical Sciences Building 1 at Manchester Royal Infirmary and has formed part of the Cellular Pathology Adult Histopathology Service for over 50 years.

We provide an adult and paediatric diagnostic transmission electron microscopy service for MFT and for several external Trusts nationwide.

The service is well-equipped with modern equipment that includes a JEOL JEM-1400 transmission electron microscope and other high-end, specialist equipment ultramicrotomes to enable optimum sample preparation. A close team of 2.5 WTE (whole-time equivalent) skilled & experienced Biomedical Scientist (BMS) staff and a 0.5 WTE Medical Laboratory Assistant work permanently within the Unit to provide a high quality EM service with the additional support of a rotating BMS form a pool of staff members who rotate into all areas of Adult Histopathology. Together, the team process around 500 samples per year.

We participate in a dedicated international EM external quality assurance scheme; performing well, to date, without exception and have a well-established, comprehensive quality management system in place. As part of the MFT Cellular Pathology Department, The EM unit is accredited to ISO 15189: 2012.


(Last reviewed January 2023)