Pathology Slide Scanning Service

eSlide Manager:  Getting Started

eSlide Manager allows clients to view their slides together with the associated metadata (diagnoses, anatomic sites, accession numbers, and so forth).  Be advised, however, that many clients elect to receive copies of their images and maintain their own digital pathology data archives.


You must first obtain an eSlide manager account. If you are a new user and we have been in contact, I automatically will create an account for you and grant appropriate data viewing privileges.   


To view your slide images, sign on to eSlide Manager.  Use Firefox or Chrome, or Safari if using a Mac.


Your Username is your UM uniqname. When you first sign on you will be asked to change the password (it must be at least 5 characters).


Note:  the videos below show eSlide Manager version 12.2.  As of summer 2020 we have upgraded to version 12.4, so the appearance will be different, but the principles remain the same. 


Video I.  Logging on and understanding features  (Click the thumbnail)


Video II.  Searching (Click the thumbnail) 

Understanding eSlide Manager (see also the introductory videos above)

I.          To find your images:

a.       Click the Advanced Search icon at the top of the page.  It is a magnifying glass with a plus sign in it.

b.      At left, locate the subheading “Modify Search Criteria.”  Below that, click on the + sign next to “The eSlide Fields.”

c.       Choose the appropriate field description to search.  Common ones include Accesion/ID#, PI/Attending, or Folder.

II.         What kinds of information are included in eSlide Manager?

a.       eSlide Manager has the capability to display over 25 separate data fields for each slide.  Currently, 18 data fields are regularly used.  Select fields are discussed in more detail below.

b.      Certain data fields are not filled in unless the Scanning Service is provided with this information by the client.  The most important examples are Diagnosis and Organ.  We ask the clients to provide as much information as possible about their slides.

c.      Certain data fields are always filled in by the Scanning Service.  These include PI/Attending and Data Group.

III.        How are data within eSlide Manager organized?

a.       Users may only view images in eSlide Manager for which they have been granted privileges.  These privileges are defined through the field Data Group

b.      PI/Attending is the name of the individual faculty member or department group which originated the slides. 

c.      The Folder field is used to label groups of slides only.  It does not refer to a particular folder or location on our server.  Images moved to a folder on the server named “Smith – Liver Cirrhosis – Dec 2014” are not automatically so labeled within the Folder field.  The Folder field can and should be used to indicate how slides are grouped, but users should bear in mind that it is only a label, dependent on a data entry person. 

d.      Each image will have an entry in both the Slide ID and the Image ID fields.  For image tracking and searching purposes we only use the Image ID field.