University of Leeds pathology unit expands tissue scanning capacity
7 September 2005
Vista, Calif., USA.
The University of Leeds Academic Unit of Pathology has increased its
capacity to scan slides of tissue samples by acquiring five Aperio ScanScope
virtual microscopy systems. The latest systems join previously installed
ScanScopes in supporting a broad array of initiatives, including potentially
enabling primary diagnoses to be made without referring to the glass slide.
The University has scanned over 10,000 slides for its educational,
assessment testing, and tissue bank programs, and expects that number to
ramp sharply with the addition of the five new systems. All of the ScanScope
Systems selected by the university support high-throughput automated
scanning and utilize Aperio Technologies' Digital Slide Information
Management Software to manage the increased volume of digital slides. In
addition, the university expects to benefit from use of Aperio's
Magnification Changer option that enables users to double image resolution
without the need for a second objective lens.
"Our current system has proved robust and provides high quality images
that are available on
www.virtualpathology.leeds.ac.uk ," said Professor Phil Quirke of the
Academic Unit of Pathology, University of Leeds. "The Aperio system has
allowed us to improve our research and bioinformatic systems, and we are
evaluating its role in routine reporting and clinical trials."
"The University of Leeds is an innovative, forward-thinking institution
that embraces virtual microscopy and is actively working to embed it into
all aspects of pathology operations," commented Dirk Soenksen, CEO at
Aperio. "We are pleased to continue to support them in their efforts through
our UK-based European operations centre."
Virtual microscopy is the practice of converting entire glass microscope
slides to high resolution digital slides — entire-slide images that can be
remotely viewed, quantitatively analyzed, and readily annotated, shared and
managed, all without a traditional microscope. Aperio's line of ScanScope
Systems delivers automated high-speed digital slide creation, management,
and analysis for pathology. Archival and retrieval, quality assurance,
frozen section interpretation, secondary consultations, and entire-slide
image analysis are all improved with the ScanScope System.