Whole slide imaging and the Ocus WSI scanners

What is whole slide imaging and what kind of devices are used?

Whole slide imaging explained

Whole slide imaging, also known as WSI, virtual microscopy or digital pathology, is a technique that involves capturing high-resolution digital images of an entire microscope slide. This technology revolutionizes the field of pathology by digitizing glass slides and allowing pathologists to view and analyze them on a computer screen.

Slide scanners are the core devices used in whole slide imaging. They are designed to capture high-resolution digital images of entire glass slides. These scanners utilize advanced optics and digital cameras to scan the entire slide surface, capturing images of each field of view and stitching them together to form a complete, seamless digital representation of the slide. The resulting digital slide can be viewed, manipulated, and analyzed using dedicated software. Slide scanners vary in their scanning speed, resolution, and automation capabilities.

Advantages of WSI

Digital format

One of the key advantages of whole slide imaging is the ability to store and access large collections of slides in a digital format. This allows for easy retrieval of slides whenever needed. Digitized slides can be securely stored in digital archives, facilitating data management and retrieval for research, education, and archival purposes.

Remote viewing

Whole slide imaging also enables remote viewing and collaboration. Pathologists can access digital slides from any location with an internet connection, allowing for telepathology consultations, second opinions, and collaboration among experts. This capability is particularly valuable for remote areas, where access to specialized expertise may be limited.

Integrability with other software

Additionally, whole slide imaging offers benefits such as enhanced image analysis and quantification, integration with computer-assisted diagnostic tools, and the potential for artificial intelligence-based algorithms to aid in automated analysis and pattern recognition.

Whole slide imaging is increasingly being adopted in pathology practices, research institutions, and healthcare systems worldwide, as it enhances efficiency, collaboration, and overall workflow in the field of pathology.

Use cases for WSI scanners

Second opinion consultations

Want to say goodbye to the cumbersome process of mailing slides or waiting for courier services? With an Ocus® scanner at their fingertips, our customers instantly share high-resolution images with colleagues for consults, regardless of their geographical location. The Ocus' digital sharing capabilities make it easier than ever to collaborate on challenging cases, ensuring more accurate and timely diagnoses.

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Intraoperative Frozen Sections

Our customers streamline their intraoperative consultations with Ocus® scanners, eliminating the need to travel between locations or wait near the operating room by having an Ocus® scanner conveniently located in a lab nearby.

You can view high-quality frozen section samples on your screen within minutes and effortlessly collaborate with colleagues, no matter their location. With Ocus®, our customers say they can focus on what truly matters — providing faster, more precise patient care — while saving valuable time for critical decision-making.

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Ocus40 microscope slide scanner with 40x magnification

The Ocus® whole slide scanners

Grundium's Ocus whole slide scanners are state-of-the-art digital imaging solutions designed specifically for pathology applications. These scanners offer advanced capabilities for capturing high-resolution, high-quality digital images of entire microscope slides.

Ocus® whole slide scanners provide exceptional image quality with resolutions ranging from 0.25 to 0.50 microns per pixel (depending on the model), ensuring accurate and detailed visualization of cellular structures and tissue samples. The scanners utilize advanced imaging technology and optics to deliver sharp, clear, and color-accurate images.

One of the key advantages of Ocus scanners is their small size. Compared to the competition, they are very compact, making them ideal for use in various settings, including research labs, clinics, and remote locations. The scanners can be easily transported and set up, allowing for flexibility and convenience in capturing digital slides.

Ocus scanners also offer user-friendly operation and an intuitive, browser-based software interface. They provide an automated scanning process, enabling efficient and streamlined workflows. The easy-to-use user interface allows for easy image management, annotation, and sharing, facilitating collaboration and remote consultations.

Furthermore, Ocus scanners are designed with a focus on data security and privacy. They provide options for secure data storage, encryption, and user access control, ensuring the confidentiality and integrity of digital slide images.

Overall, Grundium's Ocus whole slide scanners offer cutting-edge technology, portability, ease of use, and secure data management, making them valuable tools for pathologists, researchers, and healthcare professionals seeking to digitize and enhance their microscopy workflows.

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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.
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