Method and apparatus for automated image analysis of biological specimens

  • US 6,718,053 B1
  • Filed: 02/01/2000
  • Issued: 04/06/2004
  • Est. Priority Date: 11/27/1996
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. An apparatus for automatic image analysis of a slide having a biological specimen, comprising:

  • a computer comprising;

    at least one system processor;

    a monitor in operable communication with the computer; and

    an input device in communication with the computer;

    an optical system in operable communication with the computer, comprising;

    a movable stage;

    an automated loading and unloading member for loading and unloading of a slide;

    an identification member;

    an optical sensing array in optical communication with the stage configured to acquire an image at each location in a scan area;

    an image processor in electrical communication with the sensing array and operable to process each image to detect candidate objects of interest in the image through an automated process;

    a storage member for storing the location of a candidate object of interest; and

    a storage device for storing each image.

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