Histopathology and Organ Pathology Services

Histological investigation of mutant mice

This service provides a necropsy investigation, where 30 standard organs and tissues are histologically analysed. Special investigations can be ordered upon request.

photo of Mirax scanner
Mirax scanner

Digital histology slide scanner service

Mirax Digital Slide Scanner

This is a high resolution scanning device capable of imaging standard stained histological slides.  Digital images are saved to the server and can be interrogated by the client as required with the Panoramic Viewer software (Note: software is only compatible with windows operating systems). Users have the option to either collect and copy their images or access and view their images via the web interface.

photo of the Metasystems V-slide Scanner
Metasystems V-slide Scanner

MetaSystems V-Slide Scanner

Is a microscope based slide scanning system with brightfield and fluorescence capture, generating digitised high resolution whole slide images. It is fitted with low and high power objectives including a 5x, 40x dry & 63x oil and has six channels capable of imaging DIC, DAPI, FITC, TR, Cy3 and Cy5. 

Scanned images can be collected directly from the Scanner.

These scanners are part of the Australian Phenomics Network (APN) and are also available to external users.

Histopathology and Organ Pathology Standard Operating Procedures

For standard operating procedures please contact the Histopathology and Organ Pathology Service directly


Online bookings may be made using Google Calender Service. Access to the calendar, including logins and passwords, is provided to all approved users once training has been completed.

Note: An Access Protocol will apply, see below.

Access Protocol

Images must be collected immediately following a scanning session and deleted from the hard drive.
Anatomy & Neuroscience clients can access the scanner through the network:


Digital images can be interrogated using VSViewer
Please download the latest version of VSViewer v2.1.103 at:

This is not compatible on a Mac operating system.


Department Anatomy and Neuroscience
Room E237b. Level 2, Medical Building
The University of Melbourne

Contacts for access

Tina Cardamone:  +6 3 834 48044
Aira Nuguid: +61 3 834 47646

Facility hours

Monday - Friday: 8.30am to 5.00pm
The Scanners are not available on weekends


Clients have the option of Staff Service or unassisted scanning after undertaking a training session. This can be arranged with Tina Cardamone or Aira Nuguid.


Online Google Calendar System.
Details will be provided upon completion of training.

Acess priority to scanners

AUSTRALIAN PHENOMICS NETWORK (APN) Histopathology Service has priority access and can block book in advance.

All other users:
1 day/overnight (24 hrs) booking per week ONLY
Up to 2 weeks in advance booking


For a copy of the Scanner Charges,  please contact the Histopathology and Organ Pathology Service directly

Please note:

For any out-of-focus scans, the service allows 5 free slide re-scans per session.
Please see APN staff for assistance with your classifier set up (VSlide) or profile (Mirax).


All unassisted users must attend an initial training session.
This is organised through the APN manager and incurs a fee.

NOTE: Prices subject to change.
Sessions may be cancelled at any time to schedule maintenance or repairs.  
Notice will be issued where possible, but occasionally there will be no notice period.


Please contact for charge schedules and quotes.

The Histopathology and Organ Pathology Service is supported by the Australian Phenomics Network