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Automated high-throughput slide scanning microscope

An Olympus VS200 whole slide scanning system allows automated high-throughput scanning of histological tissue sections for digital analysis and archiving. The instrument is capable of brightfield, phase contrast, darkfield, polarising and epifluorescence image modalities

The system rapidly surveys and acquires large-scale high-resolution mosaic images at camera frame rates from multiple sequential image fields across a tissue section via raster scanning and adaptive focussing. The mosaic images are seamlessly stitched together in real time and can be freely navigated and manipulated as high-resolution overviews or as user-selected regions of interest.

A robotic multi-tray slide loader intelligently loads samples into the scanner allowing continuous high-throughput automated operation.

This system is available for use with or without technical support. Users must first be trained on the system.

N.B. Local storage of image data files is not permitted on this system – users must make arrangements to store their data elsewhere.

Make/model Olympus VS200 Slide Scanning System
Details The microscope allows automated high-throughput whole slide scanning and stitching of histological sections under brightfield, phase contrast, darkfield, polarisation and multiplexed epifluorescence (DAPI, FITC, Cy3 & Cy5) illumination.
Facility Bioimaging Research Hub

The VS200 is an automated, high-throughput whole slide scanning system that delivers high resolution image quality under both transmitted and epifluorescence illumination.

It utilises fast, high capacity, intelligent slide loading, that allows multiple slide size formats and provides fast, highly reliable batch scanning.

The system interface is a powerful, yet simple-to-use, software wizard-based GUI that enables highly automated, high throughput, trouble-free image acquisition.


  • 2x/0.06: Plan Apo (dry)
  • 4x/0.13 UPlan Fluo (dry)
  • 10x/0.4 UPlan Extended Super Apo UPLXAPO (dry)
  • 20x/0.8 UPlan Extended Apo (dry)
  • 20x/0.5 UPlan Fluo Phase (dry)
  • 40x/0.95 UPlan Extended Apo (dry)
  • 60x/1.42  UPlan Extended Apo (oil)
  • 100x/1.45 UPlan Extended Apo (oil)

Further information is available via the Olympus website.

Please contact Mr Mark Bishop (; +44(0)29 2088 8512 for further information.

For costs information, please contact:

Mr Mark Bishop
Phone: +44 (0)29 20688512

For information about training and support, please contact:

Mr Mark Bishop
Phone: +44 (0)29 20688512

To comply with Cardiff University Health and Safety Policy, you must receive appropriate training before using any of the imaging equipment within the Bioimaging Unit and be aware of the risks involved in its use.

You are expected to observe all local rules and regulations. Failure to comply will result in loss of access rights:

  • Food and drink are not permitted.
  • All waste material (including laboratory gloves) should be properly disposed of.
  • Coats and bags when left on the floor in a low light environment represent a tripping hazard. Either hang them on the internal door hooks or, better still, do not bring them in to the lab.
  • Do not use any equipment that you have not been properly trained for.  All users should familiarise themselves with the appropriate local risk assessments for the procedures being undertaken.
  • All USB data storage devices must be virus checked before plugging them into any of our systems.
  • All systems should be correctly powered down at the end of your session and usage correctly logged.

Get in touch

Mr Mark Bishop

+44 (0)29 2088 8512


Hadyn Ellis Building
Maindy Road
CF24 4HQ

Opening hours

Monday - Friday, 09:00 - 17:00. ECSCRI card access is required