Biolucida for Research

Biolucida® for Research

View, Manage, and Publish Large Image Data

Biolucida is a hub for your 2D and 3D image data. It allows you to store all of your 2D and 3D image data and metadata in a secure, permanent location accessible via the web. Images can be acquired with slide scanners or microscope systems, and they can be any size - Biolucida is built to handle large image data. The possibilities are endless with Biolucida: share images with collaborators, include large image sets in published papers, start, or contribute to, a public image data repository, analyze images on any computer with Neurolucida 360, Stereo Investigator, BrainMaker and more. You will always have control over your images and who can access them. 

+ Read a protocol for preparing image data with Biolucida in Current Protocols in Neuroscience.

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Customer Reviews

"MBF provides excellent technical support and helps you to find the best technical tools for your research challenges on morphometry."
Wilma Van De Berg, Ph.D.
VU University Medical Center - Neuroscience Campus Amsterdam
"Our experience with the MBF equipment and especially the MBF people has been outstanding. I cannot speak any higher about their professionalism and attention for our needs."
Bogdan A. Stoica, M.D.
University of Maryland
"It was so helpful to have Biolucida already in place with the pandemic and move to online instruction. Everything worked so smoothly!"
Dr. Sarah Werning, Associate Professor of Anatomy
Des Moines University
"Biolucida is an amazing platform for using virtual histology in medical education that I have been using to aid my teaching practices for years. The medical students have also shown great interest in your virtual slides and that has helped them achieve better results - findings that I have also published."
Marko Kostovski, MD, PhD
University Ss Cyril and Methodius in Skopje

Big Image Storage: Solved

Biolucida is a long-term solution for storing your big image data. It can handle many different types of image data, such as confocal image stacks (z-stacks), image montages, 2D or 3D virtual slides - no matter how large the file sizes. It can be set up in your lab-on existing IT equipment or new equipment -or you can let us host your images.

Share with Select Colleagues, or with the Public

Do you want to share a few images with a collaborator? No problem. Want to publish an entire image data set along with your paper? You can do that too. You can also start a publicly accessible image data repository like the GENSAT project with Biolucida. The possibilities are endless and you always have control over your images.

Analyze Images

Images stored with Biolucida can be opened and analyzed with Neurolucida 360 for automatic neuron reconstruction and analysis or Stereo Investigator for unbiased stereology. You can run Neurolucida 360, Stereo Investigator - Desktop or BrainMaker on your laptop to analyze images anywhere - home, the library, a coffee shop, etc. And if a collaborator has Neurolucida or Stereo Investigator, he or she can analyze an image data set that you share through Biolucida.


The GENSAT Project  -  An open access database of gene expression maps of the mouse nervous system.


Big Data and Biolucida

Dr. Nathan O'Connor presented a webinar to explore big data in microscopy via three case studies from neuroscience.

Biolucida Viewer is a free application for viewing images. If you do not own Biolucida, you can use the Biolucida Viewer to view images that are available to the public or images shared with you by collaborators who own Biolucida. Biolucida Viewer is limited to viewing privileges only. Here are some image data sets available via the Biolucida Viewer.



Pricing and Technical Support

There are many different ways Biolucida can be set up for your lab. We even offer a month-to-month subscription plan. When you purchase Biolucida, you get access to our renowned technical support. They will install your Biolucida system, show you how to use it, and will be available to answer your questions via email, phone, or our online tech support system.

Biolucida has been developed with support from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)


Media Library

Exploring Big Data Microscopy
Exploring Big Data Microscopy
Using Biolucida Cloud for Creating & Utilizing Educational Material for Medicine & Science
Using Biolucida Cloud for Creating & Utilizing Educational Material for Medicine & Science
Webinar: Biolucida Cloud
Exploring Biolucida

We can also custom develop for you

MBF is proud to help bioscience leaders and experts push the next wave of innovation and discovery to benefit humanity. Given this, it’s possible you’re looking for customized technology for your needs. If that is the case, click here to get in touch with us directly. We’d be happy and honored to see if we can create something together that will move all of us forward.

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