Computer Science Professor Tony Kusalik watches as graduate student Denise
Miller uses a new $68,000 digital slide scanner jointly purchased
this summer by the Computer Science and Veterinary Pathology Departments
with the help of a bioinformatics grant from the Canada Foundation
Kusalik says the scanner – the first of its kind on campus
– is an exciting advance over previous equipment. It allows
immediate scanning of a whole slide of tissue at a one-half micron
per pixel resolution, to a full image size of 30,000 x 30,000 pixels.
That makes for digital images of up to 2.7 gigabytes each.
“Instead of having to take digital pictures of a small part
of a slide through a microscope, it digitizes the whole slide,”
He says it opens up a host of interesting applications, not just
for Computer Science and Vet Pathology, but for many other departments
“We think it can inspire a lot of interdisciplinary work,”
Photo by Colleen MacPherson