Posted: April 25, 2009

Aperio Introduces New Fluorescence Scanner for Whole Slide Imaging of Immunofluorescence

(Nanowerk News) At the 100th annual meeting of the American Association of Cancer Research (AACR) being held at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Aperio Technologies, Inc., (Aperio) a global leader in digital pathology for the healthcare and life sciences industry, unveiled its new digital slide scanner dedicated to fluorescence whole slide scanning. The ScanScope® FL, a 5-slide fluorescence scanning system, was designed to meet the growing demand for fluorescence whole slide scanning and quantitative analysis of tissues and TMAs with multiplexed biomarkers.
The ScanScope FL acquires high-resolution multi-color digital images that can be archived permanently, eliminating concerns about fading of the fluorochromes on the glass slides over time. Image acquisition is optimized by using a monochrome camera and advanced illumination, autoexposure, and autofocus techniques.
“Many researchers have indicated that Aperio’s new ScanScope FL provides superior image quality and resolution over other commercially available fluorescence scanning systems, while offering more flexibility and functionality,” said Dirk Soenksen, CEO of Aperio. “There is also enthusiasm for our fluorescence illumination system, which uses a quad-band filter in conjunction with an excitation filter wheel.”
ScanScope FL Product Overview
The ScanScope FL provides:
  • Faster automation with respect to tissue-finding, autofocusing, and autoexposure
  • A wider variety of options, and more flexibility in filter configurations
  • Digital slide images from up to four color channels in the default configuration, expandable if additional filter cubes are added
  • A versatile visualization platform, in which the images can be viewed as individual color channels or as dynamic layers
  • More quantitative image analysis using raw data from the 10-bit monochrome camera
  • In addition, the ScanScope FL shares with Aperio’s brightfield systems a simple user interface, ImageScope™ visualization software, and Spectrum Plus™ image and data management platform. It also conforms with Aperio’s image analysis architecture and Genie™ histology pattern recognition software.
    The 2009 AACR Exhibit Show will be the largest in the Association’s history, gathering together an anticipated 400 companies with the latest products and services for laboratory and clinical research. The ScanScope FL will be showcased at the Aperio booth, #221, located in Halls B1-F of the Colorado Convention Center.
    About Aperio
    Aperio is digitizing pathology. We provide systems and services for digital pathology, which is an environment for the management and interpretation of pathology information that originates with the digitization of a glass slide. Aperio’s award-winning ScanScope® slide scanning systems and Spectrum™ digital pathology information management software improve the efficiency and quality of pathology services for pathologists and other professionals. Applications include education, remote viewing, archival and retrieval, basic research and image analysis. Aperio’s products are FDA cleared for specific clinical applications, and are intended for research and education use for other applications.
    Source: Aperio Technologies (press release)
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