Cellular analysis system

  • US 4,761,075 A
  • Filed: 12/08/1986
  • Issued: 08/02/1988
  • Est. Priority Date: 12/10/1985
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
First Claim
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1. A cellular analysis system for automatically analyzing sample slides prepared for a number of samples, including sample slide sets each being prepared through predetermined different staining processes, comprising:

  • loading means for loading addressably and extractably said sample slides;

    image forming means for automatically picking out said sample slides in sequence from said loading means to feed said slides into the field of view of a microscope to thereby form an image of at least one cell contained in said sample slide under observation of said microscope;

    feature extracting means for extracting morphological features of said cell image as digital information by analyzing said cell image formed by said image forming means;

    storage means for storing said digital information obtained through said feature extracting means together with a signal indicating an address of the associated sample slide in said loading means;

    means for reading out said information derived from a set of the sample slides for each of the samples and stored in the storage means for thereby classifying said sample into one of plural predetermined categories on the basis of a comprehensive determination, wherein one of said categories indicates necessity for more accurate analysis, said sample slides associated with said samples being classified into said one of said categories being subjected to a secondary analysis, and wherein in said secondary analysis, said feature extracting means performs analysis for a greater number of cells than that of the cells analyzed in the primary analysis.

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