The M8 is not only a microscope, but a digital scanner at the same time!
Slide Scan offers five microscope slide scanning modes along with other features. These scanning modes vary in speed and quality, giving you the option to choose the most appropriate scan configuration for your needs.
In Slide Scan mode, the M8 immediately provides a large thumbnail overview of your microscope slide. With this overview, it is possible to mark the scan areas, rather than scanning the entire slide to save time. In order to select the best scan configuration for digitizing your microscope slides, it is necessary to first examine the sample. Use the Live View Mode or Instant Scan Mode to assess the slide topology, or the evenness of the slide. Depending on the topology, it is possible to determine whether a small or large focus range is necessary. An even slide with many focus regions will require a smaller focus range, while an uneven slide requires a larger focus range. After evaluation, go to Slide Scan mode and determine the Scan Configuration to choose your scan modes and to select your scan features.
A unique feature of the M8 is that it has the possibility scan even “unusual” slides. Slides with a special “thickness” or samples embedded in plastic are all possible to be shown with clarity. In addition, even large microscope slides – from 25 x 75 mm (standard) up to 50 x 75 mm (large) – can be scanned with the M8.
Now we further explain the different scan modes, individualized for your specific purposes:
5 Microscope Slide Scan Modes:
No Focus: This is the fastest scan mode and specifically suitable for completely even-surfaced or flat samples. In the few cases that the sample is focused throughout the slide, the M8 runs autofocus at one selected point, then scans the image without changing its Z-position during the scan.
Predictive Focus: This mode is for relatively even surfaced samples. M8 uses different focus points to extract a best fitting focus plane for the scan. Then the M8 drives along this abstracted focus plane while scanning the slide, without changing its Z-position for each tile.
Intelligent Focus: This is the default mode of the scan configuration and usually the best option in balancing speed and quality. Just like in the Predictive Focus mode, the M8 uses focus points to estimate the best fitting focus plane to drive along with its Z-position. Then, additionally in the Intelligent Focus mode, it is necessary to specify your focus range between 10 and 400 micrometers, based on the slide topology. The focus range determines how much the Z-position should drive vertically in either direction for each tile scanned during the scan. As the Z-position drives along the z-axis, M8 finds the sharpest focus point in the specified range to select the best image for your digitized slide.
Autofocus: This mode delivers exclusively focused images and is especially suitable for slides with large differences in height. Just like in Intelligent Focus, it is necessary to select the focus range in which the M8 runs its Z-position along. However, it does not abstract a focus plane to run along, but rather focuses each tile starting at the same determined point on the z-axis.
Focus Fusion: This mode is exceptional for very uneven objects on the whole slide. Just like in the Intelligent Focus and Autofocus scan modes, focus range must be selected. However, in Focus Fusion, as the Z-position drives along this range, it is not selecting the best image, but rather collecting the best pixels from each individual image, among the stack of images. Then, this scanning mode merges the best pixels as one fully sharp image, thereby guaranteeing the best possible focus beyond the “image” level, to the “individual pixel” level.
Detect Focus Plane: This feature is selected by default. M8 will use a focus point to detect the approximate location of the sample before starting the scan. This is generated using our own algorithm, and can also be adjusted manually.
Perform Illumination Correction: This feature is selected by default. Illumination Correction homogenizes the background illumination to eliminate the uneven tiling pattern. To do this, the M8 identifies a whitespace, or an area without a sample, on the whole slide. Then this whitespace is replicated throughout the whole slide to correctly light up the sample with the optimal illumination. The whitespace is determined using our own algorithm, and can also be adjusted manually.
Sparse Scan: With this feature, M8 skips scanning images that do not contain tissues. This feature decreases overall scan time. (Either Sparse Scan or High Speed can be selected, not both.)
High Speed Scan: This feature is only available in Intelligent Focus mode. High Speed Scan only uses the autofocus feature in every other column and every other row of the scan grid. When autofocus is not used, the images are acquired at an estimated Z-position. (Either Sparse Scan or High Speed can be selected, not both.)
Once you select your scan configuration, begin scanning right away and view your scanned slides on ViewPoint – Our Free image viewer software.
|PreciPoint M8 Microscope and Scanner Specifications:|
|10 second dual sample image overview picture; bar code recognition (soon to be available)|
|1x-850x Zoom and Live-Stitching with interchangable objectives|
|LED Transmitted light; Supported objectives: Plan Achromatic or Plan Apochromatic 10x, 20x, 40x, 60x|
|Automated, super fast motorized x-y-stage 25 x 75mm (2 slides) or 50 x 75mm (1 slide) Handles oversized glass slides|
|Automated Z-axis; Z-stacking; Real-time live focus; Traditional scanning included with ability to save all or part of the image in multiple formats|
|Portable Size: 45cm x 40cm x 30cm; 25kg; Touch screen computers are optional and not included in base price, can also be used with traditional Windows based computers|
|Optional software based applications and analytics are available|