The NanoZoomer Series is a family of whole slide scanners that convert glass slides into high-resolution digital data by high-speed scanning. Manufactured by Hamamatsu Photonics in Japan, they are renowned for both their high-quality images and high reliability in use.
The NanoZoomer S360 is the latest high-throughput model, ideal for uses in hospitals, clinical laboratories, and research institutions. By improving scan speed as well as other processes such as slide loading and data transfer the NanoZoomer S360 is built for high throughput and high capacity scanning:
- Scan 82 slides/hour in both 20x and 40x mode.
- Automatically scan up to 360 slides.
- Daily yield of 1080 scans with 3 runs of batches a day. 4.5 hours scanning time of 360 slides enables 3 batches in a working day.
Automatic focus scoring
Slide quality check is often conducted manually after scanning to avoid scanning failure caused by dirt on a slide or sample folding. The NanoZoomer series evaluate scanned whole slide imaging automatically and generate the focus score of each slide’s quality for your review. Focus check points within a scanned slide are automatically determined, at each check point. Then a focus score is generated and displayed on a monitor screen.
Automatic system calibration
To maintain optimized condition of the scanner, routine calibrations of light intensity, white balance and shading are required. The NanoZoomer series automatically and periodically conducts a system calibration using a calibration slide located in a slide cassette, and keeps the system optimized. Whenever you scan, you will get the best whole slide imaging it can deliver.
NDP.scan is the image acquisition software and it automatically reads a slide’s barcode information for inclusion in the digital slide. NDP.scan can automatically read a 1D* or 2D** barcode and include this information in the digital slide. This function makes it easy to share slide data with other databases.
*1D barcode reading is standard; **2D barcode reading is optional.
Ability to handle samples with uneven surfaces
NDP.scan can adjust the focus as though it were tracing the sample surface. The NanoZoomer series uses a single focal plane for even surfaces, but if the surface of a sample is uneven, the NanoZoomer series will break the sample area up into smaller regions and assign an appropriate focal plane to each area.
Z-stack feature for thick samples
There are samples which have 3D structures such as clumps of cells and thick tissues. They require focus adjustment during observation. To handle these kinds of slides, the NanoZoomer series is equipped with the Z-stack feature that allows you to focus on different depths in the sample. The NDP.view2 viewer software lets you adjust the focus on a Z-stack slide much like you would adjust the focus of a microscope. You can also point to an area of interest and let NDP.view2 apply autofocus for maximum clarity.
Copying and Sharing
Digitized slides can be copied and shared. This feature of whole slide imaging can be used in a variety of applications. For example, a large group of people can observe and discuss a single sample.
Digital data does not deteriorate, and it is more secure from damages and losses than glass slides. You can view digital data in its original quality anytime and anywhere.
Large numbers of whole slide imaging can be stored into a database and incorporated into a laboratory information system. You can share data and construct slide libraries with distant facilities and research institutes.
Using the Internet or a local area network, you can observe and evaluate slides from a distant location.
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