Two practical scanners making the best professional diagnosis available for all life. What’s the difference? Here is how the Grundium Ocus® series offer a choice in telepathology and digital microscopy.
When launched in 2018 the Grundium Ocus brought the world of digital pathology a new alternative to the big multislide scanners. Unlike the big scanners, which are the size ranging from an oven to a refrigerator, cost an arm and a leg, and take ages to set up and train the staff to use them, the Ocus is portable-small, easy to use, incredibly affordable and very practical in daily use – both in the lab and on a pathologist’s desk as a personal slide scanner.
The scanners are each optimized for a specific task, catering to different needs in high-resolution digital imaging.
This is what sets the two scanners apart:
OCUS: REMOVING THE ENTRY BARRIER TO DIGITAL PATHOLOGY
The Grundium Ocus® is a combination of optimal magnification and optimal numerical aperture, making it an excellent personal digital scanner. The scanned images or even the full user interface of the Ocus scanner can swiftly be shared online. This means an expert, a group of students, a lecture audience, or a second opinion are just a click away.
OCUS® vs OCUS®40
Numerical aperture: Ocus®: 0.4 | Ocus®40: 0.75
Resolution, microscope: Ocus®: 0.48 | Ocus®40: 0.25
Image sensor: Ocus®: 6Mpx | Ocus®40: 12Mpx
OCUS40: SYSTEM-LEVEL REMOTE IMAGING
The high-resolution Grundium Ocus®40 delivers the sharpest images in the business. The Ocus40 has electronic coarse and fine autofocus, making it fully remote-operable and therefore an excellent imaging component in any digital pathology lab system. Grundium’s API makes integration to any workflow and existing system simple and easy.
This is what the two scanners both share:
WORKS WITH ANY COMPUTER OR TABLET
The scanners’ user interface is fully web-based, which means they can be used on any device with internet connection and a web browser. Grundium supports all major browsers. The scanners are particularly intuitive to use on a touchscreen device, like a tablet, where zooming in or out and moving the object happen at the touch of the fingertips. Where an ethernet connection isn’t available, both Ocus series scanners can connect to a WLAN/wifi network or a mobile hotspot.
SIMPLE AND FAST SETUP
The Grundium Ocus microscope scanners are very easy to set up. Unlike large multislide scanners, which may require a room of their own with a calibrated, perfectly level table to rest on, the Ocus scanners both have a footprint of 20 x 20 20 cm (ca. 8” x 8” x 8”) and are small enough to find a spot almost anywhere, like right next to the cryostat.
Once a sample is prepared in a glass slide it’s a quick job to examine it:
- Insert slide
- Set up scan (10 seconds)
- Scan the slide (~3 minutes)
- View the image file on your computer
INTUITIVE TO USE
Scanning the slide can be performed by anybody with 15 minutes of training. The expert pathologist can in turn be anywhere in the world as long as they have internet connection and a web browser (computer, laptop or tablet). The pathologist doesn’t have to travel and is available to work on far more cases.
The Grundium Ocus scanners work like a webserver. The pathologist logs in to the Ocus software in their browser where they can remotely operate the scanner to look at any part of the slide. The Remote Live View feature also lends itself to making rapid onsite evaluation. This is the essence of telepathology.
SHARING THE VIEW
By sharing the controls of the scanner, the pathologist can quickly set up a group of people all simultaneously collaborating on the same slide placed in one microscope scanner. Not only does this make educational purposes and group work exceptionally simple, but it’s so easy a second, third or fifth opinion is just a click away.
PORTABLE LIKE NOTHING ELSE
The Grundium Ocus scanners travel anywhere in their own case small enough for aircraft cabins. An Ocus scanner doesn’t require a perfectly level desk to stand on and isn’t sensitive to vibration. With a powerbank it can be used even where there are no wall sockets. The Ocus scanners are mobile and portable beyond anything else!
The Grundium Ocus personal slide scanners make digital pathology simple and fast. An excellent quality-to-price ratio makes an Ocus scanner attainable to practically any pathology establishment, since a heavy procurement process is usually not needed. The Grundium Ocus scanners truly have what it takes to be the staple equipment of any hospital, clinic and school, a fantastic remote tool in every location of a pathology service provider, and even on every pathologist’s desk as a personal scanner.
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