Microscopy like the original: The Core Unit enables digital access to specimens and relevant image files. Enormous magnifications are achieved, parallel real-time navigation is possible and annotations are used for identification. With the help of these innovations, microscopy is taking a new step towards the future.


The CUVM program includes procedures based on high-resolution scanned histological slides, so-called Whole Slide Images. In this format, the image data is therefore not viewed with a light microscope, but with the software. The special feature: Navigation is realized via image streaming, i.e. the images and sections are streamed live as real-time visualization in web-based use thanks to the highest performance. As a result, you can access CUVM with any Internet-capable PC and mobile devices (laptop, tablet, smartphone) conveniently at home, on business trips and, of course, at work.

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Applying the database

After your Login you have the option to register for one or more courses and you will find the stored image archives in the respective folders. By moving the mouse, optionally touchscreen, you can navigate through the images. Scrolling and two-finger movements zoom in and out of the desired section. At the same time, a navigation field is displayed so that you can keep track of where your focus is.

Application Scenarios

Using the example of the cat's tongue, specific cells and tissue structures can be localized with the help of annotations. Source: cuvm.uni-leipzig.de
With the option for live consultation, additional participants are added, here using the example of the pig intestine. Source: cuvm.uni-leipzig.de
Virtual Microscopy offers practical functions to support e-teaching, such as creating surveys. Source: cuvm.uni-leipzig.de

Further possible applications are:

  • Free navigation with overview display
  • Scale measurements of structures
  • Create, show and hide annotations and area markers
  • Attach relevant image files, such as x-rays and case studies as JPEG or PNG
  • Adding relevant media data to the series as audio, video, graphics, PDF, etc.
  • Start live consultations with any number of participants (e.g. for learning groups)
  • Launch surveys, also in the form of tests with free text and/or multiple choice questions
  • Export of CSV files for evaluation, for example in Excel
  • Exchange of texts and chats


In the future, in addition to preparations from histology, parasitology, pathology, neuropathology, human anatomy and stomatology, MRI, CT and digital X-rays from veterinary and human medicine clinics will also be made available to students. Thus, preparations from pre-clinic and pathology as well as from the clinics are available on a didactically meaningful teaching platform. Virtual microscopy is complemented by modern clinical imaging.

The files are available for teleconferences and, in perspective, for postgraduate training. The CUVM could also be involved in the acquisition of funding.

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