Dr. Olivia Coleman
Technical University of Munich (TUM)
Department of Nutrition and Immunology
What do you think about our M8 Microscope and Scanner?
It’s really cool and easy to use. All I have to do is set up the microscope, insert slides and start the software. I didn’t use a microscope scanner before, but the user-friendly slide scanning mode on the M8 makes everything much easier. The touchscreen is fun and I really like the big screen to zoom in and out to see everything. Previously, everything had to be done only with the mouse and quantification was much more tedious and slow. I can now record, see an overview, and zoom through the specimen very easily. I save a lot of time since the digital microscope is approximately 20-30% faster than a basic light microscope.
What applications do you do on the M8 Microscope?
I do a range of staining of histology to evaluate the tissue. That includes proliferation staining and mucus staining to identify different aspects of the tissue. With the M8, I can do an extended quantification in terms of finding the area, lengths, and the proportional area. I can compare two different populations and for example, compare acidic mucus to neutral mucus and mark them with different shades of blue to distinguish the two populations.
How has your slide analysis workflow changed?
When I make annotations of the slides, now it’s possible to easily do it directly on the touch screen. I like that I can hide my annotations and also easily edit or remove them. Before, I could take a picture of the annotations, but not edit any of it. Now even two years later, it’s possible to view what annotations were made before and edit them as necessary. With the digital annotations of the slides, it’s less likely to make mistakes. It’s definitely an upgrade from before.