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

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

Conventional Multi-slide Scanner

First, head over to the scanner's location, which might be in a different building. Once you've arrived, book your turn on the scanner and patiently wait for your slot.

When it's your turn, load the slide into the tray carefully. It's time to run the setup, including adjusting the focus map and other necessary settings. This step may take a few minutes to ensure optimal results.

Once the setup is complete, initiate the scanning process. It usually takes around 30–60 seconds to scan the slide. While the scanner does its job, patiently wait for it to eject the slide.

After ejecting the slide, you can return to your desk. To view the scanned image files, connect to a server or the designated system. Ensure that the scan is successful and that the image quality meets your requirements.

If you find out that the scan didn't turn out perfect, repeat each phase of the process.


Ocus® Personal Slide Scanner

First, insert the slide into the scanner. The Ocus' open structure ensures smooth and fast loading.

With Ocus, there is no need for separate setup. First, the scanner does an overview image scan that takes around 15 seconds. Then you can either choose the scan area or let the scanner detect the scan area itself and proceed to the full-resolution scan. Depending on the sample size, it usually takes 10-60 seconds on the Ocus®20 and 20-120 seconds on the Ocus®40 (times may vary according to sample size).

Within two minutes, the slide on your screen will become a high-quality image with exceptional clarity and detail. You can conveniently access it on your preferred device, a laptop, or a tablet – any device with a modern Internet browser. The image will be displayed with excellent resolution, allowing you to examine it quickly.

Our system offers a seamless solution if a pathologist isn't physically present. You can share the image directly with the pathologist for diagnosis. Furthermore, if desired, you can provide them remote access to the scanner. This groundbreaking feature enables the pathologist to view the slides on the scanner - and even operate the scanner - remotely from anywhere, ensuring prompt and accurate analysis.

With our streamlined process, scanning slides has never been easier. Enjoy the efficiency and convenience as you digitize and share slides effortlessly, enhancing collaboration and expediting diagnoses. Experience the future of digital slides with the Ocus® scanners.

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; there is no need for a heavy procurement process. The screen sharing and remote operation do away with the need for the pathologist to be onsite. Getting a second opinion is only a couple clicks away.

Book an online demo with our expert and see 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 image quality and usability level can come in such a small, affordable, and beautifully designed package!

If you have questions about picking the correct setup for your application, contact our sales director Davide 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 simplicity of pulling digital test results enable easy interdisciplinary consultation and comprehensive patient care.
— Teppo Haapaniemi
Fimlab Ltd. 
Specializing Medical Cell Biologist, Pathology

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