Neurolucida fully integrates with brightfield, fluorescence, or confocal microscopes. We work with customers' existing microscopes when possible, and, if needed, we can provide the microscope and necessary hardware for your research system. When we say fully integrated, we mean that our software drives hardware components to automate processes that would otherwise be manual and time consuming. The following hardware components can be controlled by Neurolucida for more efficient data collection.
Motorized stage control
When tracing a neuron at a high magnification, the neuron will most likely extend beyond a single field of view. Neurolucida automatically moves the motorized stage to the next field of view, allowing the researcher to trace uninterrupted. Motorized stage control is also very helpful when navigating around a tissue specimen. Trace a region of interest and mark cells at low magnification, click on the neuron you want to trace, and the stage automatically moves to the individual neuron at high magnification.
Camera control to change or save settings for future use.
With camera control, it is easier to adjust the exposure, histogram, and white balance while you’re tracing neurons. Change the camera settings right in Neurolucida without switching to the camera software. Camera settings can also be saved to individual user profiles so everything is ready to go next time you use the system.
Control of focus knobs and objectives
Focus knobs and objectives are automatically controlled within Neurolucida, making it easier to get the tissue image that you want.
Fluorescent microscopes only
Motorized filter turrets
Allows for unattended multi-channel image acquisition, eliminating the need to manually switch filters and increasing the time spent analyzing. Support for up to 6 channels.
Shutter control for microscopes with a motorized shutter
After you take a photo, Neurolucida controls the shutter to close it quickly in order reduce the amount of UV light that hits the specimen.
Sola light sources
Neurolucida controls Sola UV light sources so researchers can quickly and easily turn the light on and off, adjust the light’s intensity, and control the shutters and filters. This makes imaging as streamlined as possible, and reduces photo bleaching.