Hard-pressed packing carton can be used in the surgical pathology grossing room for support of bones with irregular configuration, especially with attached soft tissue. This material is in abundance in every laboratory after outpacking different kinds of equipment. The variety of configurations of the packing carton gives many options for immobilization. The carton does not hamper with the saw because the saw can cut it through easily. The relative roughness of the carton’s surface gently
grasps the specimen’s inevitably uneven surface. It has advantage in comparison with Styrofoam material that is fragile, more rigid, and leaves sticky white crumbs. The carton gadget can be discarded.
The saw cuts through the specimen and carton without crashes that often occur towards the end of sawing. While having a collection of disposable material, it would be responsible to state that every calcified specimen can be cut without preliminary decalcification, including bones in facial-maxillary surgery and calcified tumor, providing valuable sections for margin evaluation for resection or other diagnostic questions.
Although the wooden bone support gadget like The Davidson Marking System holding stand is my primary tool for bone cutting, the hard-pressed packing carton becomes more and more useful.
Now I use also the standard hard-pressed carton cafeteria tray because the cup holder sometimes fits some bones. The standard pressed carton eggs container is too soft, unfortunately, but can be also useful.
More details in our book Grossing Bones: Principles, Techniques, and Instruments (2017 Amazon. com).
Dimenstein IB: Hard Pressed Cardboard for Bone Grossing Immobilization. AAPA Newsletter, 2007 Vol. XXXV No.4:25