Olympus has introduced an improved version of its Dotslide virtual slide system.
The VS110 combines microscopy with imaging to create a virtual slide said to be an exact copy of the real specimen.
The system generates a high-resolution image of the whole specimen, which can be viewed and analysed from the overview image at low magnification up to maximum magnification by simply zooming in.
All samples can be evaluated around the world instantly and simultaneously, as they are stored electronically on a central server.
As a result, the VS110 is suitable for use in a number of areas, including pathology, research and education.
Virtual microscopy enabled by VS110 allows the information from a single glass slide to be shared in real time with multiple personnel across the globe.
All users are able to review the same sample, yet control the position and magnification individually, as if it were a real slide.
The ability to acquire complete slides at high magnification and resolution virtually is hoped to deliver significant benefits to pathologists and researchers, as well as students in professional education when diagnosing, analysing and archiving samples for discussion - both remotely or via online conferences.
The flexibility of the VS110 technology within all clinical applications and teaching environments enables users to exceed the limits of conventional digital microscopy and telepathology in the size and resolution of image files that can be discussed, as well as in time and location of discussion with colleagues.
For example, it is possible to remotely access virtual slides with the functionality of a microscope, but without the instrument itself - ideal for a tutor working with a number of students.
Users are said to be able to see and analyse macro overviews of slides that are not possible with traditional microscopes.
Within life-science research, the VS110 offers high throughput for image analysis and documentation of tissue sections, cell cultures and tissue microarrays.
All VS110 system components are designed to interact seamlessly, producing a fully automated, high-speed scanning system with high flexibility and simple operation.
These ensure that users gain the best results for all types of specimens with minimum effort.
The Net Image Server SQL for the Olympus VS110 system is a client-server-based data-management system and storage facility specifically developed for microscopy.
This, together with the VS110 platform, helps the user by keeping everything clearly structured for easy management and efficient sharing of images and data.