Akoya Vectra Polaris slide scanner
- Dr Kees Straatman
- +44 (0)116 252 7085/2263
- Phenochart free slide viewer for the Vectra Polaris can be installed on your own computer via the University's Software Centre or the latest version can be downloaded from the Akoya Bioscience website.
The AIF has purchased a PerkinElmer (now Akoya Biosciences) Vectra Polaris slide scanner with funding from the University Research Equipment and Infrastructure Fund, LD3 and AIF. The system has been installed in RKCSB room 533 but all users will have access to the system.
The Vectra Polaris can be used for bright field slide scanning, multi-colour fluorescence slide scanning and multi-spectral slide scanning.
Using multi-spectral imaging the system can separate up to 9 different colours as well as separating autofluorescence background from the real signal. The system can also be used with filter cubes to separate up to 5 different colours.
The system is optimized for Akoya Biosciences Opal assay kits but other fluorescent markers can be used as well.
For automatic identification of specific tissue types we have now 4 licenses for the integrated inForm image analysis software. One license is installed on the system, one license is with the LCRC, one is installed in the Henry Wellcome Building image analysis room and one in The Wolfson Foundation Light Microscopy Facility analysis room in the Adrian Building.
Pricing system (this is independent from the normal AIF charges, so will be charged extra!!):
- £16.00 per hour (internal use; subject to change).
- Large projects please contact Kees Straatman.
External users welcome. Please contact Kees Straatman for availability and pricing.
There are two objectives on the system
- 10x/NA = 0.45
- 20x/NA = 0.75
The physical camera pixel size is 3.5 um.
For fluorescence slide scanning the system gives the options:
|Objective||Vectra Polaris options||Binning||Pixel size (µm)||Best resolution at 550 nm (µm)|
|20x||20x (40x binned)||2x2||0.5||0.9|
The 10x objective scan time will be ~4 times faster than using the 20x objective. Binning results in more signal collected per pixel due to larger pixel size, and a smaller file size.
For brightfield slide scanning only the 20x objective is used. The different pixels sizes are just achieved through binning.
So, actual scan time is practically identical for all resolutions in BF imaging and the advantage of choosing a lower resolution than 40x is that you get smaller file sizes.
Filter cube reference list
- Opal 480 similar to coumarin
- Opal 520 similar to Alexa488, FITC, Cy2, GFP
- Opal 570 similar to Alexa555, Cy3
- Opal 620 similar to Alexa594, Texas Red-X, RFP
- Opal 690 similar to Alexa660-700, Cy5.5
- Opal 780 similar to Alexa750, Cy7
Use a rectangular coverslip of number 1.5.
Don't use mounting media containing DAPI but use a DAPI staining step before you mount your samples.
Don't use nail varnish to seal your coverslip. The Vectra Polaris has to auto-detect your sample and will use the coverslip edges to detect the area for scanning. Nail varnish might cause the system to fail to detect the coverslip edge. As a result you need to use a hard-setting (curing) mountant and Akoya Biosciences advices to use ProLong Diamond from Invitorgen/ThermoFisher (no commercial interest from AIF) for the Opal dyes, but other curing mountants will probably work as well as long as they can be combined with your fluorescent markers.
If you have to mark the tissue area for sample detection use a blue marker pen for fluorescence samples and a black marker pen for brightfield samples.
See an overview of the dyes included in the synthetic database:
|Alexa 647||HCS Blue|
|Alexa 660||HCS Deep Red|
|Alexa 680||Hoechst 33258|
|ATTO 390||Opal 480|
|ATTO 425||Opal 520|
|ATTO 488||Opal 540|
|ATTO 532||Opal 570|
|ATTO 550||Opal 620|
|ATTO 647N||Opal 650|
|ATTO 680||Opal 670|
|ATTO Rho12||Opal 690|
|ATTO Rho14||Opal 780|