Submit Images

Please consider donating your virtual slide image files to the VMD. If you have questions or concerns or want to know how to donate image files, please contact one of the VMD administrators.

The Virtual Microscopy Database is only as good as its generous virtual image dataset donors. Collections of virtual microscopy images from across the globe is what makes the VMD library comprehensive and allows its users access to a wide variety of virtual histology images.

Thank you for your interest in donation your virtual microscopy image library.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the benefits of being an image donor?

Access to all VMD database regardless of AAA membership.

Who can donate?

Faculty, staff or investigators with educational and research institutional affiliations.  

What to donate?

Collection of digital tissue slide images in any of the following formats.

Ideal file formats for donation:

 Files formats with limited support:

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