Molecular Machines & Industries


CellScan – The most versatile Whole Slide Imaging system

The MMI CellScan is an open imaging platform which allows you to scan full resolution digital slides in 5D! Time-lapse, z-stack and multi-color fluorescence imaging options can be freely combined for deepest insights into your sample.
The MMI CellScan is available as stand-alone Slide Scanner supporting all functionalities of your microscope. Alternatively, you can combine it with all MMI systems such as the CellCut module for laser microdissection to scan, to annote & select, and to cut your cells – all in one system!

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ebook on Whole Slide Imaging

Whole-slide imaging (WSI)—also known as virtual microscopy—is becoming increasingly popular in digital pathology as well as in clinical and basic research. Scanners take images of each field of view across an entire conventional microscopy slide. The pictures are then stitched together to generate a single, high-resolution digital image that researchers use for various purposes.
This free ebook introduces you to Whole Slide Imaging and provides you with a good overview including several application examples.

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Download the Application Notes on the MMI CellScan

Tissue Scanning

Live Cell Imaging

Fluorescence Scanning

Whole Slide Imaging meets Laser Microdissection

Long-term Live Cell Imaging on a Whole Slide Scanner

“The MMI CellScan supports us in our daily work: this tool documents our tissue sections in high resolution and it fully integrates in our laser microdissection workflow. We especially appreciate that we can annotate directly in the image thus saving hands-on time at the instrument.”

Prof. Dr. med. Danny D. Jonigk FRCPath Pathological Institute
Hannover Medical School
Hanover, Germany

Slide Scanner Technology

The MMI CellScan provides you with all functions of a Slide Scanner.

The MMI CellScan provides an open platform to scan full resolution digital images including time-lapse, z-stack and multi-color fluorescence imaging options. These parameters can be freely combined to offer deepest insights into your sample. The MMI CellScan is compatible with all microscopy objectives, it scans in brightfield and fluorescence, and it scans any sample type that can be mounted on your microscopy stage.

Using the 20x objective of your microscope and our high sensitivity CMOS camera, an area of 15 mm x 15 mm is scanned in less than 1 minute, which corresponds to less than 7 minutes for a full slide (75 mm x 25 mm). In addition, the individual autofocus map ensures that every single image is acquired in the optimal focus point. Thus, the whole slide image is perfectly in focus, even with uneven sample slides.

The image is saved as BigTIFF at full resolution for analysis, documentation and archiving. The open file-format allows you to open the images in a range of image analysis software. In addition, the CellScan comes with unlimited licenses of the free CellViewer software which is able to load BigTIFF files instantaneously. Within the CellScan and CellViewer software, annotations can be applied directly in the scanned slide. Since the system provides absolute positioning and accurate sample localization, the annotations can be precisely transferred to the CellCut to excise the selected cells. Moreover, the MMI CellScan is compatible with all other MMI products, such as the MMI CellEctor and MMI CellExplorer which can be combined to enable automated cell recognition and single cell isolation.

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This video explaines how MMI CellScan and MMI CellCut work together on one microscope platform:

Features & Benefits

  • Whole Slide Imaging in 5D: X, Y, Z-stack, time-lapse and multi-color fluorescence imaging
  • Most flexible and quick whole slide scanning: compatible with all MMI products, with all objectives, with all imaging modes, and with most Slide Viewers
  • Ultra-fast data processing and slide viewing at any zoom level,… down to the single pixel
  • Unlimited licenses of our MMI CellViewer imaging software for remote work and interactive work also in larger teams
  • Improved handling of sensitive fluorescent samples: analyze your images without prolonged exposure to photobleaching light
  • Document all steps of your work with full resolution whole slide images
  • Full resolution whole slide scanning with absolute and uncompromised positioning, also suitable for subsequent laser microdissection
  • The MMI CellScan module fully integrates into your workflow and digitalizes your images with applications in Pathology, Oncology, Diagnostics, Forensics; whenever full documentation is essential

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Flyer CellScan

Download the flyer for the modular CellScan combined with Laser Microdissection:

Flyer CellScanM

Applications & Workflow

The MMI CellScan can be applied in various different research projects when it’s required to fully document and archive your work.

Typical applications include:

  • Digital Pathology
  • Pathology
  • Cell biology
  • Oncology

In addition to the stand-alone functionality, the MMI CellScan module allows you to include Whole Slide Imaging to your CellCut Laser Microdissection workflow:

  • Scan your slides – full resolution in any magnification
  • Annotate your selection – directly into whole slide image
  • Excise your cells – precisely and accurately

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Molecular Machines and Industries GmbH

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