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Mi Macro Imaging Station
Apr 2010
Nikon Instruments Inc.Request Info
MELVILLE, N.Y., April 13, 2010 — For maximizing information during the imaging of gross specimens in digital pathology applications, Nikon Instruments Inc. has unveiled the Mi macro imaging station that addresses the work flow necessary to cleanly and safely capture, annotate, compare and measure images of biopsied gross specimens in the pathology, histology and forensic laboratories.

The system offers a stable, versatile, contamination-free imaging station that is simple to operate via touch screen or foot pedal. Creating a source of reference, gross tissue images can enhance the interpretation and understanding of subsequent tissue sections and provide the first step in capturing an entire pathology case history.

Images produced by the station can be saved for use in case records, laboratory information systems, as part of an audit trail, and for annotation and use in downstream analyses and applications. Telepathology applications are available to assist in histology specimen preparation.

The imaging station was designed for easy integration with existing workspaces and procedures, and to simplify the work of pathologists. An integral overhead LED illuminates the specimen to create bright, sharp and detailed images. Cool LED lighting also ensures that specimens will not be damaged by heat.

Users do not need any expertise in photography for successful imaging, making the system suitable for use in multi-user labs. An intuitive software graphical user interface, straightforward operating options (“lighter,” “darker” “closer,”) and push-button operation facilitate image acquisition.

A fully enclosed Nikon DS-Fi1 digital camera with a motorized lens for high-resolution imaging is included. Users can select either standard or publication- quality images, as required.

The water- and splash-resistant workstation surfaces, keyboard, mouse and touch-screen PC all are designed to be wiped clean after use, reducing the risk of contamination. Additional hygienic precautions eliminate the need to touch the camera during operation. Functions can be carried out via a choice of touch screen, keyboard, mouse, foot pedal or bar-code reader.

The imaging station can be supplied with the standard recommended touch-screen PC, a network PC, or it can be used with the laboratory's own PC and network system without compromising function.

Dedicated pathology-focused Mi software can be integrated with Nikon's NIS-Elements Documentation software to bring all aspects of the digital pathology imaging environment together. Simple menu options enable rapid image capture and annotation, live comparison, object measurement and counting, and database functions to maximize information from the images.

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