Microscopic image capture apparatus and microscopic image capturing method

  • US 20050190437A1
  • Filed: 05/03/2005
  • Published: 09/01/2005
  • Est. Priority Date: 09/10/2002
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A microscopic image capture apparatus, comprising:

  • a macro capture device collectively capturing the entire area of a slide glass;

    a macro image information dividing device dividing image information on the slide glass obtained by the capturing operation by the macro capture device into high-magnification size sections corresponding to the magnification of a predetermined high-powered objective lens;

    a sample image discrimination device checking whether or not there is sample image information in the image information for each high-magnification size section into which the image information is divided by the macro image information dividing device, discriminating the high-magnification size section having the image information containing the sample image information as a sample image inclusion section from the high-magnification size section having the image information containing no sample image information as a sample image exclusion section;

    a high-magnification image capture device capturing a high-magnification image using the predetermined high-powered objective lens only for the high-magnification size section discriminated as the sample image inclusion section; and

    an image information generation device generating high-magnification composite image information about a sample on the slide glass by generating the high-magnification image such that a relative position between the area of the high-magnification size section having the image information obtained from the image captured by the high-magnification image capture device and the area of the high-magnification size section not captured by the high-magnification image capture device can be correctly maintained.

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