Scanning Speed: Is It The Right Metric For Quick Work?

The speed at which one slide is scanned by the machine may have little actual bearing to how long it takes to get a scanned image of a slide. Let’s imagine you are a lab technician with a prepared sample slide in your hand and you need it scanned and turned into an image file. Here are two scenarios to consider for time, effort and workflow.

Conventional Multi-slide Scanner

  1. Walk to the third floor/next building/location where the scanner sits
  2. Book your turn on the scanner
  3. Wait for your turn
  4. Load the slide in the tray
  5. Run set up with focus map, etc. (several minutes)
  6. Scan the slide (30 seconds)
  7. Wait for the scanner to eject the slide
  8. Return to your desk
  9. Connect to server to view the image files
  10. Ensure the scan was successful
  11. BONUS: if scan wasn’t perfect, repeat every phase


Personal Slide Scanner

  1. Insert slide
  2. Set up (10 seconds)
  3. Scan the slide (2 minutes)
  4. View the image file on your screen (computer, tablet, smartphone)
  5. BONUS: if a pathologist isn’t present, the image can be emailed to the pathologist to be diagnosed. You can even let the pathologist themselves remotely operate the scanner from wherever they are.


The Grundium Ocus personal slide scanners make digital pathology simple and fast. Their excellent quality-to-price ratio makes the Ocus attainable to practically any pathology establishment, a heavy procurement process isn’t needed. The screen sharing and remote operation do away with the need for the pathologist to be onsite and getting a second opinion is only a click away.

Book an online demo with our expert and see for yourself how easy it is to scan and share images with an Ocus, and how it fits your line of work. You’ll be surprised how this level of image quality and usability can come in such a small, affordable and beautifully designed package!

If you have questions about picking the right setup for your application, contact Davide or Mika at Grundium for personal assistance.


Davide D'Incau

Sales Director

About Grundium

A global leader in advanced imaging technology, Grundium makes digital pathology and best professional diagnosis available for all life – whether human, animal, plant or other. This is achieved by doing something that nobody else can: applying state-of-the-art mobile technology in digital pathology. Established in 2015 by ex-Nokia engineers, the Tampere-based company is democratizing digital pathology with the Ocus® microscope scanners. The cutting-edge imaging solutions are based on over 20 years of experience in optics, sensors and beautiful high-precision devices. Grundium serves various industries and businesses enhancing quality and processes, protecting human life and safeguarding a clean environment.
The Ocus scanner is small and produces very sharp images fast.
— W. Scott Rombach
Specialist Direct, Inc. 

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See the OCUS® portable digital microscope scanner in action – request your free personal online live demo now. A Grundium expert will contact you personally to schedule a suitable 30-minute demo time for you. In the demo we will answer all your questions about which Ocus® scanner fits your needs best, we will talk pricing, share stories about how others are using the scanners, and help you fast forward the digital pathology experience in your lab.

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