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Virtual Microscopy Core

Located on the second floor of the Hanes Building, the Virtual Microscopy Core facility houses state of the art digital technology to create virtual images of glass slides for teaching, research, and archival use. The images can be used by individuals, shared by groups, and can be incorporated into teleconferences. 

Read more about the VMCore.

Learn more about services, skills and equipment provided by the Department of Pathology and Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

Digital Slide Imaging Request Form

Download the Digital Slide Imaging Request Form; complete, print, and submit it to the VMCore with the slides you want to have scanned. Please submit a separate form for each unique imaging combination that should be applied to a set of slides.


The VMCore hardware includes the Olympus VS-110 Virtual Imaging System and a Hammamatsu NanoZoomer. Software currently available includes OlyVIA and NDP.view.  

Image Transfer

Due to the size of the resulting image scans, the core provides several methods of transfer to accommodate the user’s needs.  Internally, we have a secure shared network drive.  Externally, we have options for an FTP secure server, usb external drives, and CD/DVD media.  For out of town customers, slides and images will be returned via traceable delivery system (FedEX or UPS) at the expense of the user.


Patricia Warren is the manager of the Virtual Microscopy Core, and Kristine Ali and Brandi Bickford are the microscopy technicians.  Both are available for consultations by appointment. The scanners can be run 24/7.

Sample Images

To see an example of the database and view sample images from the Virtual Microscopy Core, take a look at the Net Image Server. Log in using the credentials shown in the image below. Select SQL Authentication as Type, samples as User Name, Guest1 as Password and vmcdb as Database. Password is case sensitive.

Once signed in, click Search to see the images.

17Mar2014 VMCore log in example

Quick Reference

Virtual Microscopy Core
Michael B. Cohen, MD

Tel: 336-716-5080


Microscopy Technicians:
Kristine Ali and Brandi Bickford

Tel: 336-716-1568

E-mail the VMCore at

Patricia Warren

Tel: 336-716-1520

Scanner available 24/7
Consultations by appointment
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