The Biomedical Imaging Team provides several resources including imaging hardware, imaging services, slide conferencing, informatics and specialized projects such as the Virtual Imaging for Pathology, Education and Research (VIPER).

Power Considerations

  • EMERGENCY GENERATOR: All imaging equipment plugs into UPS equipment which in turn plugs into electrical outlets configured to automatically switch over to emergency generator power in the event of commercial utility power failure.
  • Uninterruptible Power Supplies (UPS): DSR2, DSR3, SStorage, the HPC cluster, and all digital slide scanner control computers are powered directly from APC 2.2KW UPS systems. All systems are generator compatible and feature sine wave output for best compatibility with all load devices.
  • The combination of emergency generator backup and UPS devices provides the best possible assurance that production scanning jobs can finish without interruption.


From the vision of Stephen J. Qualman VIPER, the Virtual Imaging Pilot EndeavoR initially began in January 2005 as a pilot project to evaluate an automated pathology review process of both normal and diseased tissues for quality control purposes.

VIPER has now evolved into the Virtual Imaging for Pathology, Education & Research application to introduce imaging to other areas of emphasis at the Biospecimen Core.


Imaging - By utilizing whole slide imaging robots, the Biomedical Imaging Team is able to generate high quality virtual slides and make these images available via the VIPER application over the Internet. These “virtual” slides have essentially the same image quality and resolution as the same slide viewed through an optical microscope. Once the digital slide is available on VIPER, a common personal computer becomes the microscope. To facilitate the long-term storage and viewing of digital images, the VIPER Team has partnered with the Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC). As a leader in computing and networking, the OSC provides a reliable high performance computing and communications infrastructure and has allocated 50 terabytes of storage capacity for VIPER.

Pathology - The VIPER Team currently works with over one hundred pathologists representing the Children's Oncology Group, Gynecologic Oncology Group, South West Oncology Group,The Cancer Genome Atlas Project and Nationwide Children's Hospital on multiple projects related to both pediatric and adult cancers, as well as non-cancerous diseases.

Education - Teaching sets are now available digitally via VIPER. Many of these teaching sets are focused on rare pediatric and adult tumors and have been generated at the request of leading cancer researchers in both the COG and GOG.

Research - The Biospecimen Core receives and processes over 165,000 specimens annually. Many of these specimens are processed into glass slides and evaluated digitally for quality control purposes.