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Pub. No.:    WO/2001/037012    International Application No.:    PCT/US2000/031494
Publication Date: Sat May 26 01:59:59 CEST 2001 International Filing Date: Fri Nov 17 00:59:59 CET 2000
IPC: G02B 6/06
G02B 21/00
G02B 21/36
G02B 26/10
Applicants: IKONISYS, INC.
Inventors: TSIPOURAS, Petros
TAFAS, Triantafyllos
A composing microscope for scanning a large area of a specimen (240) in a minimal amount of time comprises an optical sensor (230) and a plurality of optical projecting systems (210) arranged adjacent to each other in rows. Each of the optical projecting systems (210) has a first end for acquiring an image at one location of the specimen (240) and a second end. An optical reflector (220) moveable with respect to the second ends of the optical projecting systems (210) receives the images from a row of the optical projecting systems (210) at the second ends and projects the images on the optical sensor (230). The optical sensor (230) simultaneously digitizes the images. An image acquisition device simultaneously receives and stores the digitized images with information about their locations on the specimen (240).