Stereo Investigator Version 2020


Stereo Investigator® Version 2020

A Stereo Investigator system for stereology gives you accurate, unbiased estimates of the number, length, area, and volume of cells or biological structures in a tissue specimen. It is a key research tool that has helped lead advances in numerous areas of neuroscience including neurodegenerative diseases, neuropathy, memory, and behavior, as well as other research fields including pulmonary research, spinal cord research, and toxicology.

New Performance Features

There are over a hundred exciting new features, including:

  • A significant improvement to the movie making capabilities
  • Edit contours and markers in an interactive 3D environment 
  • Improved handling of big image data
  • The new vector graphics export utilizes the Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) format allowing for larger and much more complex exports 
  • New user preferences with a convenient built-in search option 
  • 2D and 3D Slide Scanning workflow that simplifies and consolidates all the functionality for scanning slides 
  • An entire ribbon bar dedicated to publishing results
  • 100% backwards compatible with your existing data

Advanced Movie Production Capabilities

At MBF Bioscience, we have listened to your requests for a more powerful movie production tool. Now it is easier than ever to share animations with colleagues and manuscript reviewers.  Stereo Investigator's new movie production will allow you to produce dynamic and rich movies that will go a long way to helping your audience grasp the full extent of your research. The new movie making tool  has the key features needed to create impactful media:

  • Intuitive tools to produce high resolution videos of navigating tissues in 3D
  • Timeline, clipping, and editing tools easy to learn and supported with tutorials
  • Dynamic zooming and rotation
  • Export movies in .mp4 format  

Slide Scanning Workflow

A completely new slide scanning workflow is easier to use, will save time training new users and give you great slide scanning results. Use this workflow to scan at any magnification and create high resolution 2D images or 3D stacks. This workflow brings all the controls and features necessary to complete slide scanning into one location.  Feature includes:

  • An easy-to-follow guide that makes it simple for new users to scan great quality images 
  • Background correction to insure clean, even, image quality
  • Heat map allows you to spot folds and other areas that need additional focus sites
  • Validate your settings before you start a long acquire by taking a test image 

How to Get Version 2020

If you have a current Software Upgrade and Support Subscription (SUSS), you will be able to download version 2020 directly from our Download Center when its released.

Unsure if your SUSS is current? Contact us at 1-802.288.9290 or

If your SUSS is expired, contact us for a quote to renew your SUSS.


Integration with Cutting-Edge Microscope Hardware

Version 2020 integrates with the latest microscopic imaging devices and computer hardware, so you can perform stereology with cutting-edge microscope technology.

We recommend our new Lumina HR camera - a fast, high-resolution camera that captures beautifully detailed images which look great on 4K monitors. Request a quote to upgrade your system hardware.

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Fully Integrated with Your Hardware

Stereo Investigator software drives motorized stages, cameras, filter wheels etc. to give you a seamless experience.

Customized and Scalable

Each system is customized to your research needs and scalable to fit your budget. Additional capabilities can be added with our imaging modules.


  • Intuitive and easy to use
  • Train new users faster
  • Collect data quicker and easier

Frequently Asked Questions

Version 2020 is a significant upgrade from previous versions of Stereo Investigator. Here is a compilation of the most commonly asked questions about version 2020.

Professional Technical Support

When you call us you will speak with a person - not an automated system. Talk to us about your hardware, software, or experimental design questions. Our team includes Ph.D. neuroscientists and experts in microscopy, stereology, neuron tracing, and image processing; ready to help you over the phone or online.

Customer Reviews

"We have used Stereo Investigator for over 10 years now. The service and technical support is always great and they keep adding new updates with more tools."
Paula Bickford, Ph.D.
University of South Florida
"We've used Stereo Investigator for 10+ years. The technical support is outstanding, and the company itself is highly responsive to their customers."
Glenn Rosen, Ph.D.
Harvard Medical Center
"We love the new user interface. It makes it much easier to find what you need, and it handles large images much better."
Stan Watson, M.D., Ph.D.
University of Michigan

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