Volume 13, Number 7 November 18, 2005

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First of its kind

Computer Science Professor Tony Kusalik watches as graduate student Denise 
              Miller uses a new $68,000 digital slide scanner

 

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 for Innovation.

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,” Kusalik notes.

He says it opens up a host of interesting applications, not just for Computer Science and Vet Pathology, but for many other departments across campus.

“We think it can inspire a lot of interdisciplinary work,” Kusalik says.

Photo by Colleen MacPherson


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