CCR

Automated Glass Slide Archive System

Digitisation of the pathology in the Region of Southern Denmark has led to significant changes in the workflows for doctors as well as changed procedures and a completely new workflow for the laboratory: the digitisation of pathology glass slides.

The glass slides are scanned for very high resolution images. At Odense University Hospital, 1600 slides are scanned and handled per day, and then must be stored for up to three weeks. That gives a total of 24,000 slides at a time, which must be precisely stored and tracked.

AIM

The purpose of the project is to create a robotic solution that can automatically file the glass slides to achieve increased automation in the laboratory regarding the scanning of pathology slides.

The robot must be able to put the slides in their correct place by taking them individually out of the scanner rack and place them on a shelf. Den skal kunne sikre komplet sporbarhed, så glas kan genfindes, den skal kunne kassere glas automatisk, og den skal være skalerbar – med tanke på det kommende sygehus Nyt OUH.

RESULTS

The robot is four metres wide and two metres deep. It consists of a metal shelf unit with a robot arm running on a rail behind the shelf unit. The whole system is encapsulated.

Robotten opsamler patologiglas fra scanner-rack, scanner koden på glasset og indlæser den sammen med et tidsstempel i systemet. Robotten lægger derefter glasset på en hylde i reolen, hvor det forbliver, indtil det skal bruges igen, eller til det har nået sin udløbsdato tre uger senere, hvor det kasseres automatisk.

Partners

The project is carried out by the Department of Pathology at Odense University Hospital in collaboration with the company Kilde Automation.

Funding

The project is funded by the Region of Southern Denmark’s Innovation Fund.

Project period

Start: 2019
End: Summer 2021

Arkiveringsrobot
The Glass Slide Archive System at the Department of Pathology at OUH.

Read more

Read more about the robot and the work flow at the Department of Pathology in the article “Digital patologi gjorde robot uundværlig” (in Danish).

Eller læs mere om den tekniske udvikling i artiklen “Utraditionel robot øger tid til det mere værdiskabende” i bladet Automatik og Proces.

Contact

Stig Hansen

Stig Hansen

Departmental Bioanalyst

[email protected]
(+45) 65 41 33 72

Esben Hansen

Esben Hansen

Technical Manager, CCR

[email protected]
(+45) 51 46 67 67