BI Histoscanner

Scan all of your samples on our digital slide scanner and use your computer as your microscope!

We provide high-throughput, brightfield scanning (with 20X and 40X air objectives) for your microscopy slides. Located at the Institute of Biotechnology (HiLIFE Unit, Viikki), we will efficiently scan your slides and you can retrieve the files from our university server to be viewed at your convenience on any computer. This service allows easy, fast, and high-quality analysis of digitized slides and is excellent for presentations and publications.

Beforehand, tissue embedding, sectioning, staining, and mounting on slides can be easily performed in our Histology Core Facility (


Before bringing your slides, please use this form to submit scanning orders.

Drop off Address: Institute of Biotechnology, Histoscanner, BIOKESKUS 2 (Viikinkaari 5D), room 6024B,  00014 University of Helsinki

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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These prices effective as of January 1st, 2022.

  BI University of Helsinki Commercial
20x Single Layer 5€ 5€ 15€
40x Single Layer 7€ 7€ 20€

20x/40x Extended Focus or Z-stack

7€/10€ 7€/10€ 20€/25€

30 min price if manual scan setup required

1h price if 20x/40x scanning >1h (e.g. extendend focus, Z-Stack )







Compression and upload to Aiforia

First 10 free of charge

11-100 slides, single focus, 12€

11-100 slides, extended focus, 25€

Price is per slide for scanning. Price for Aiforia compression and uploading is for the set.

  • Slide must be between 0,9 mm and 1,2 mm thick
  • Sections should be close to the centre of the slide (> 5mm)
  • Fewer sections per slide than normally
  • Mounted with permanent mounting media and let dry at least 24 hours
  • Place coverslip carefully. Coverslip must not protrude over the edge of the slide at all
  • Slides should be cleaned of excess mounting media
  • No broken slides or coverslips
  • If you wish to have your slide files named, you may include an excel file with the names of the slides in the exact order in which you have given them
  • Average file size is 1-1,5 GB
  • You can transfer your data from our server, but only for temporary storage
  • Install free Digital Slide Viewer softwares from 3DHISTECH:
  • Aiforia® : If you wish to upload files to Aiforia®, you must provide a list of slide names with the slides
  • High throughput brightfield scanning for microscopy slides
  • 20X or 40X objective
  • Automatic slide loading, previewing and scanning
  • Utilizes 4MP CMOS camera with 130 fps speed
  • 0,24 um/pixel resolution with the combined 20X/0.8 NA objective (equivalent to 40X  magnification)
  • Free software for viewing (Pannoramic or Case Viewer available from 3DHISTECH)
  • View images from computer screen with different magnifications
  • One file / slide
  • Equal background in all images
  • Choose extended focus or Z-stack for increased layers of focus