Ventana Medical Systems of Tucson, Ariz., has received US Patent No. 8,098,956, "Digital microscope slide scanning system and methods." The patent describes a microscope slide scanner for digital pathology applications that provides "high-quality images and automated batch-mode operation at low cost." Also provided is a stitching method that allows for dividing an image into a number of overlapping tiles and reconstituting the image with a magnification without substantial loss of accuracy.

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