Pathology Slide Scanning Service

Page last updated January, 2020

The move of the Slide Scanning Service to the new NCRC location in July, 2018, positions our department for growth in Digital Pathology. However, it also poses some challenges to researchers who utilize our services. In the first place, most researchers are located on Main Campus, and so slides must now travel to NCRC to be scanned.  Secondly, enhanced security was one of the principal goals of the Pathology Department's new space design; as a consequence, U-M staff and faculty cannot access Pathology workspace without appropriate ID badge permissions.

Therefore, researchers and others who need slides scanned are invited to use Pathology's contracted courier service, which transports specimens to and from NCRC on an hourly basis.

Main campus-based clients must do two things to have their slides transported to NCRC:  1) print this form ("Form 1") and fill in your contact information. 2) Bring the completed Form 1, the slide scan request form, and your slides to room UH 2F-339. This is the former main Clinical Histopathology laboratory. Note that this is a change effective January 10, 2020.  Walk to the back of the laboratory. There your slides will be packaged for transport in a bin.


From the hallway, enter at UH2-F341.  Photo:


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Walk into this room and look for the portal to 2F-339 on your right:


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The Packing area is through this portal and to your left.  It looks like this:

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Once the packaged slides reach NCRC, the slide scanning service will process your slides as usual and then package and submit your slides at NCRC for courier transport back to UH.  You will receive an email notification once this is done.  Please allow approximately 3-4 hours after receiving the email to check the pickup location.

To pick up your slides, please return to room UH 2F-341, and walk towards the back right corner of the room.  See photos below. Note: this is a change effective January 10, 2020.


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Driving and Parking Directions for our NCRC Location

Occasionally it will be necessary for a client to visit us in person. This can happen if the client is not part of Michigan Medicine and cannot access the slide scan request form, or for other reasons.  A map of our location is provided below.

Please note the following:  

  1. The scanners themselves are located in a clinical laboratory that can only be accessed by authorized employees.  Access to the scanners will require escort.
  2. If this is your first time visiting us, contact the Digital Pathology Ops Mgr to arrange a meeting. You need to be met at the entrance indicated on the map. 


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