Digital Imaging Center

Staff: Paul Pilat
Phone: 314-273-1813

Staff: Jared Amann-Stewart
Phone: 314-362-3138

Staff: Brandy Gee
Phone: 314-362-5643

Email: digitalimagingcenter@path.wustl.edu

Location: BJC-IH Building, Room 3504


Overview

The Digital Imaging Center is a joint resource of the Department of Pathology & Immunology and BJH. The 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 is 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 p.m.


Services and Pricing

Services and Pricing are currently under review, please call 314-362-3138 for inquiries.

Digital Scanning

Affiliated members

Scan Purpose Retention
Conference Tumor Board Indefinitely
Clinical Indefinitely
Other Indefinitely
Teaching Study Set – for member shared use Indefinitely
Study Set – for personal use 6 months*
Research All 6 months*

Non-members

Scan Purpose Retention
Conference Tumor Board Indefinitely
Clinical Indefinitely
Other Indefinitely
Teaching Study Set – for member shared use Indefinitely
Study Set – for personal use 6 months*
Research All 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*
24” Poster Tube
36” Poster Tube
48” Poster Tube

 


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 are the biggest culprits 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 coverslips could cause the slide to become jammed in the scanner. Trim excess coverslip off of the slide to avoid this.

How to access my digital slides?

Slide delivery and methods will be discussed once your scanning project has been submitted to digital imaging.

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, possible rush service, or other general scanning questions please email digitalimagingcenter@path.wustl.edu.