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Once scanned, image files of the digital slides and the associated metadata, including the specimen ID, specimen type, study or patient information, and relevant histochemical or immunohistochemical information, must be stored in a searchable and retrievable database or image management system. For whole-slide images, this is most efficiently and accurately accomplished when a barcode is affixed to the slide that has a unique identifier allowing the metadata from the slide to be permanently associated with the image produced.
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