Thus, a scan time of more than 3-5 minutes for an entire blood or bone marrow smear is unacceptable for routine diagnostics. For the spoiled hematologist‘s eyes, there will hopefully be a solution in the near future, a scanner from the American manufacturer Bionovation, which Smart In Media will distribute in Germany.
Comparison of three scanners for routine diagnostics
However, there are applications where the quality of the pathology scanners might be sufficient, e.g. for analysis using artificial intelligence.
There are currently (as of 7th Dec 2021) 3 scanners that play a role in routine pathology diagnostics because:
a) they have very good image quality and
b) they have a sufficiently high scanning speed.
- Hamamatsu – NanoZoomer S360
- Leica – Aperio GT450
- 3DHistech – Pannoramic 1000
Our Smart In Media team has loaded these three scanners with identical specimens (source: Prof. Kreuzer, University Hospital Cologne) and performed scans. In addition, we tested the slower but less expensive device Motic EasyScan One.
All the scanners have advantages and disadvantages in handling. In terms of speed and price, the Hamamatsu S360 is currently ahead. All 3 scanners can be purchased at competitive prices from Smart In Media.
Excellent software from the market leader
In order to be able to view digital slides in routine diagnostics quickly and efficiently, excellent software is of course required, which we offer with PathoZoom® Digital Lab and which is the leading image management system. For more information, please visit our website or contact us.
Regarding the image quality when scanning these slides, I deliberately do not want to influence you. Please form your own opinion!