Digital Imaging Center

Director: Eric Moll
Phone: 314-362-2347

Staff: Brandy Gee
Phone: 314-362-5643

Email: digitalimagingcenter@path.wustl.edu

Location: BJC-IH Building, Room 3503


Overview

The Digital Imaging Center is a joint resource of the Department of Pathology & Immunology and BJH. This Center specializes in digital imaging for clinical, teaching and research applications and is keeping up with advances in this fast moving area.

In addition to resources for traditional and digital photography, poster and other image printing, the Digital Imaging Center currently provides resources for high quality whole slide scanning including for teaching, archival, or deidentified sharing off site.  We are also in the process of acquiring and utilizing image analysis software for use with scanned slides.


Access

Service available to: All entities, including for-profit organizations.

Priority service given to: Washington University.

Additional Information: Contracted services are open to non-University organizations on a fee for service basis.

Hours of operation: Center services are available Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.


Services and pricing

Digital Scanning Prices (as of 01/01/12)

Affiliated members

Scan Purpose 20x 40x Retention
Conference Tumor Board no charge no charge  Indefinitely
Clinical no charge no charge  Indefinitely
Other $15 $30  Indefinitely
Teaching Study Set – for member shared use no charge no charge Indefinitely
Study Set – for personal use $15 $30 6 months*
Research All $15 $30 6 months*

 Non-members

Scan Purpose 20x 40x Retention
Conference Tumor Board $25 $50  Indefinitely
Clinical $25 $50  Indefinitely
Other $25 $50  Indefinitely
Teaching Study Set – for member shared use n/a n/a Indefinitely
Study Set – for personal use $25 $50 6 months*
Research All $25 $50 6 months*

*Slides will be kept on the Pathology digital image system for 6 months.  At the end of 6 months the option to have images burned to DVD will be available before images are deleted from the system.

Poster Printing

Printing* $5.00 per sqft**
24” Poster Tube $2.50 each
36” Poster Tube $3.00 each
48” Poster Tube $3.50 each

*Printing price includes paper and ink charge. **A rush fee of $25 will be added to any same day poster prints.

Computer Graphics Service

Photoshop Fee $40.00 per hour
PowerPoint  Fee $40.00 per hour
Photoshop/PowerPoint Training $50.00 per hour

FAQs

How to achieve a high quality scan?

  1. Air pockets under the slide cover could affect image quality. It could also require multiple attempts to achieve a good quality scan.
  2. Markings and writing near the point of interest could reduce the quality of the image. Try to make any markings along the edge of the slide.
  3. Dirt and fingerprints is the biggest culprit when trying to achieve a good quality scan. Wipe all slides before they are scanned to remove any dirt or fingerprints that may affect the scan quality.
  4. Cracks, chips and scratches will result in a longer scanning process and may affect the overall scan quality.
  5. Overhanging cover slips could cause the slide to become jammed in the scanner. Trim excess cover slip off of the slide to avoid this.

How to access my digital slides?

Accessing digital slides through Spectrum

Open Spectrum

  1. Open a web browser (IE, Firefox, Safari)
  2. Go to www.path.wustl.edu
  3. Click on Webportal in the upper right hand corner
  4. Click on Spectrum in the left hand menu
  5. Log in using the username and password provided to you. In you do not know your credentials contact helpdesk at 314-362-9137

Recommended software

Aperio ImageScope: For full annotation and viewing capabilities, we recommend installing ImageScope. To download the free software and to install click here. If no viewing software is installed, Aperio’s web viewer will open by default. The web viewer is similar to ImageScope and is perfectly acceptable for viewing digital images.

Accessing digital slides through Aurora mScope

Open mScope

  1. Open a web browser (IE, Firefox, Safari)
  2. Go to pathimaging.wustl.edu
  3. Click on Log In at the far right of the screen
  4. Log in using the username and password provided to you. In you do not know your credentials contact helpdesk at 314-362-9137

Recommended Software

Aurora mScope: To view images using mScope, Java must be installed. To get the latest version of Java, click here.

 

I am unable to view the digital slides that were scanned for me.

Finding digital slides using Spectrum

Open Spectrum and start search

  1. Open a web browser (IE, Firefox, Safari)
  2. Go to www.path.wustl.edu
  3. Click on Webportal in the upper right hand corner
  4. Click on Spectrum in the left hand menu
  5. Log in using the username and password provided to you. In you do not know your credentials contact helpdesk at 314-362-9137
  6. Once logged in, choose the role you want to use. If you do not know, then choose ‘Clinical’
  7. Click on Advanced search at the top of the page
  8. You will have multiple options on how to search. Below are examples depending on what information you are searching with

Search Examples

  1. Image ID
    1. If you were given the image ID’s of the slides scanned, choose ‘Search for Digital Slides’ and use the digital slide field image id.
    2. Enter in the image ID you are searching for ad click ‘Search’
    3. You also have the option to select the ‘-All-‘ drop down and choose different parameters such as ‘equal to’, ‘contains’ or ‘between’. Between allows you to search and display a range of digital images.
  2. Accession Number
    1. If you are searching on accession number, select ‘Specimens’ and use the specimen field accession number.
    2. Since ‘Accession Number’ is contained within the barcode ID used to scan the slide, make sure that ‘contains’ is selected and not ‘equal to’.
    3. Enter in the accession number and click ‘Search’. A list of specimens containing that number will be listed.
    4. Click on the brain icon to expand the specimen and view the digital images associated with that specimen.

Saving a search

  1. Spectrum allows you to save your search options for future use. Simply choose the fields you would like to search on, put the name of the search in the save search option at the bottom of the page and click save.
  2. If you put an * in any of the fields each time you choose that search you will have to inter that information. This comes in very hand for searches you will be performing frequently.
  3. After you have saved your search, click on the ‘-Search-‘ drop down at the top of the page and your search will be listed.

Recommended software

Aperio ImageScope: For full annotation and viewing capabilities, we recommend installing ImageScope. To download the free software and to install click here. If no viewing software is installed, Aperio’s web viewer will open by default. The web viewer is similar to ImageScope and is perfectly acceptable for viewing digital images.

Finding digital slides using Aurora mScope

Open mScope

  1. Open a web browser (IE, Firefox, Safari)
  2. Go to pathimaging.wustl.edu
  3. Click on Log In at the far right of the screen
  4. Log in using the username and password provided to you. In you do not know your credentials contact helpdesk at 314-362-9137

Recommended Software

Aurora mScope: To view images using mScope, Java must be installed. To get the latest version of Java, click here.

How long will it take to scan my slides?

Scanning times vary depending on the slide quality and the magnification requested. 20X scans will take approximately 2 weeks from the time of delivery while 40X scans will take up to 4 weeks to complete.

For more information on slide scanning times or possible rush service please contact Eric Moll.