Olympus SLIDEVIEW VS200 Research Slide Scanner Offers Easy-to-Operate High-Resolution Data Acquisition

Olympus announced today the launch of the SLIDEVIEW VS200 solution, a research slide scanner that captures high-quality virtual slide images and enables advanced quantitative image analysis for brain, cancer and stem cell research, as well as drug discovery. Reliable virtual slide data can be acquired with as few as two clicks. The SLIDEVIEW VS200 slide scanner converts high-resolution images into virtual slides through a fully automated high-speed scanning and tiling process. This advanced image processing enables smooth zooming in and out from an image of an entire tissue sample to single cells.

Offering high versatility, the SLIDEVIEW VS200 slide scanner supports five observation methods and a wide range of sample sizes for use in various applications. Its automatic slide loader accommodates a large number of slide glasses, helping increase experiment efficiency. When applied to drug discovery research, the slide scanner makes it possible to observe clear samples such as collagen fibers, which are difficult to visualize using brightfield observation. 26 × 76 mm (1 × 3 in.), 52 × 76 mm (2 × 3 in.), 76 × 102 mm (3 × 4 in.) and 102 × 127 mm (4 × 5 in.) slides are supported by the scanner. For brain and neuroscience researchers studying large tissue samples, the VS200 scanner’s flexible slide capacity enables them to view the distribution of a particular protein in an entire brain or other large tissue specimens in one image.

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The new optical system specially designed for the VS200 slide scanner is combined with Olympus’ high-performance X Line objectives to offer improved resolution, flatness and chromatic aberration correction compared to the previous model. In addition to brightfield and fluorescence, three new observation methods—darkfield, phase contrast and polarized light observation—are available on the SLIDEVIEW VS200 slide scanner. The methods can be combined, so even unstained samples that are difficult to visualize using brightfield illumination can be clearly observed.

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The intuitive user interface and robust data management system streamline the workflow so users can easily scan, save, access and share slides.Using previously stored scan conditions, users can easily acquire high-resolution data with a few as two clicks. The automatic slide loader loads and unloads up to 35 samples trays holding as many as 210 slides, while sensors detect the number and sizes and a barcode reader captures slide information. Owing to the flexibility offered by the scanner’s five observation methods and increased sample capacity, the SLIDEVIEW VS200 slide scanner can be applied to a broader range of research applications.