Immunohistochemistry

immunohistochemistry
Immunohistochemistry is used to diagnose diseases using fluorescent dyes to selectively test for specific antigens in a tissue sample.

Immunohistochemistry (IHC) is a technique used to diagnose, or even differentiate, different types of cancers or other diseases. This lab test uses fluorescently dyed antibodies to selectively test for specific antigens in a tissue sample. When an antigen gets bound by an antibody the dye is activated allowing the antigen to easily be found under a microscope.

Many diseases appear similar when viewed under a microscope and one of the best and easiest ways to distinguish them is to identify specific molecules on a cell that can act as a marker. Using immunohistochemistry techniques, these markers can easily be found and the correct disease identified.

In addition to diagnosing diseases, IHC can also be used in drug development, biological research, and confirming prior diagnoses. In tumors, IHC is used for diagnosing whether a it is malignant or benign, the stage, the origin, and more.

Staining and viewing IHC slides under a microscope used to be an individual job done one slide at a time. With recent technological advancements, the process has become more automates and many slides can be viewed at once.

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