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Research Imaging Software Offers Clinical Results

Olympus has announced the launch of labSens, which is essentially an all-in-one documentation package designed specifically for those involved in clinical and research imaging. The labSens software, which has been showcased at Biotechnica, provides users with a workflow-oriented user interface which allows easy operation of key functions such as analysis and digital imaging.

This has been accomplished by combining the Olympus's BX3 clinical microscopes with state-of-the-art digital imaging cameras. This, together with various automation components, provides a perfect link between the user, the overall process and the microscope system itself.

Clinical pathology laboratories have very exact needs, and the labSens software programme makes sure these needs are met. The software includes full support for the new Olympus BX3 clinical microscope, and also for the digital imaging cameras. When used with the easy-to-use graphical interface, users are able to develop a complete imaging solution.

The labSens package also gives users full control over other automation and motorised components of the BX3 system. This includes the coded manual or fully motorised nosepieces, condensers and stage.

State-of-the-Art Imaging

Framing and capturing images is very straightforward, with the user having complete control over a broad range of Olympus cameras. Providing the coded nosepiece is installed on the microscope, the objective in use will be detected by the software so that the scale bar is set and recorded correctly within the meta-data of an image. Once the image has been captured, labSens provides users with several image processing tools such as rotation and cropping.

It also allows users to perform multiple image alignment (MIA), together with basic measurements (distances, areas). Also, labSens supports the inclusion of annotations, such as text and drawings.

The labSens software also manages images and associated meta-data, so that the user is able to query existing data. This function can be expanded by taking advantage of the dedicated labSens Patho solution, which in turn offers excellent data security and total traceability.

LabSens is also compatible with various other software programmes so that users are able to send images via e-mail from within labSens, and it is also possible to retrieve images easily from structured databases. LabSens can also be integrated with an Olympus VS110 Net Image Server SQL database for streamlined clinical imaging.

Considering that the software can be expanded with the implementation of additional hardware and software modules, it's apparent that Olympus has been focusing on flexibility. For example, an interactive touch-screen computer monitor can be used to work with the software, and the package is also suitable for clinical laboratories that are using barcoded slides.

labSens Patho

The labSens Patho solution is an innovative documentation package for clinical results. The software enhances functionality of labSens due to the addition of a workflow tool window for secure data entry, local databasing and connectivity to a number of external databases. The system makes it possible to access information directly from other systems, which greatly improves lab response times. This is achieved by reducing the amount of time required for internal communication. In essence, it makes the control of meta-data possible in a highly controllable manner.

labSens Netcam

With labSens Netcam, the transfer of live and saved images throughout a local network and the internet can now be done using standard TCP/IP protocols. These can then be forwarded on to any destination, whether it's for teaching purposes, or whether it's for supervision. In other words, supervisors and colleagues are now able to monitor from any point within the network, which means they don't physically need to be inside the actual lab.

Date added: 2010-10-22 15:21:19