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Olympus VS110 wins two awards at the European Scanner Contest

Olympus VS110 wins two awards at the European Scanner Contest Olympus has recently won two awards at the first European Scanner Contest, which took place from the 25th - 29th May in Berlin, running parallel to the 94th Annual Meeting of the German Society of Pathology. With categories in quality, mass scanning and cytology, the Olympus VS110-S5 was the clear winner of two of the three quality awards: scanning mixed slides at 20x and 40x (0.16 µm). These highlight its ability to accurately image three pre-determined diagnostically relevant regions of interest (ROI) in ten different slides. 

Award criteria

Ten slides were presented for analysis by several independent institutions, each of a different origin (skin, breast, kidney etc.) and staining (H&E, PAS, toluidine blue, for example). Each participating instrument was used to scan the entire area of all of the ten slides, with the resultant virtual images searched to identify three pre-determined diagnostically relevant ROIs. These were then subjectively ranked in order of image quality by the pathologists who attended the meeting.

The Olympus VS110

By combining microscopy with imaging, the VS110 scanner family offers pathologists the unique potential to create a virtual slide, which is an exact copy of the real specimen, for remote and online discussion. Through the generation of high resolution images of whole specimens, samples can be viewed and analysed from the overview image or at maximum magnification and resolution by simply zooming in. As such, the VS110 offers excellent throughput for extensive image analysis and superb documentation of tissue sections, cell cultures and even tissue microarrays.

The three models have been tailored to match different applications and workloads. The VS110-S1 entry-level system allows standard slides to be loaded manually, making ideal for educational purposes. The VS110-S5 is designed for medium workloads in routine pathology, education and research. It can hold up to five standard slides on the stage simultaneously, for semi-automated batch scanning. The VS110-L100 is engineered for high workload pathology and research environments, with the ability to hold up to 100 slides. An integrated barcode scanner reads all 1D and 2D formats, enabling the automation of slide data entry.

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