Biolucida is interactive learning software developed in collaboration with leading medical educators. Biolucida simulates the experience of using a microscope that can focus through Z, and gives educators a vehicle to reach more students and deliver more dynamic and rich content. Hundreds of students can use Biolucida simultaneously, so you can use it even in your largest class.
Many medical educators use virtual slides (high-resolution digital images of tissue specimens) instead of microscopes to teach histology and histopathology. However, many different methods are used to acquire virtual slides, and distributing the slides to students for lectures, course work, and tests can be cumbersome and slow. Here are some unique ways that Biolucida goes above and beyond to create a learning environment where communication thrives.
Biolucida allows students and educators in the smallest or largest classes to collaborate and simultaneously access microscopy slides over the web. Educators can create reusable and sharable collections of annotated slides and control student access with Biolucida’s intuitive but powerful web interface. Content from existing educational content can be enhanced with these slides using simple web links.
Biolucida easily integrates with an institute's IT architecture using secure and current standard web technologies. Biolucida utilizes extensive client and server optimizations to ensure the fastest viewing experience even at peak internet usage times.
System Requirements for Biolucida Viewer
At least 6 GB
System Requirements for Biolucida Server
minimum 4-cores for 2D whole slide images
minimum 8 GB with connectivity of 1 Gbps or great
Biolucida exists as a standard, easily maintained WAMP/LAMP stack and proprietary C++ derived software.
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More than 150,000 students have used Biolucida for Medical Education to study histology and histopathology
Biolucida’s utility is underscored by the number of references it receives in the worlds most important scientific publications.
Hooks, B. M., Papale, A. E., Paletzki, R. F., Feroze, M. W., Eastwood, B. S., Couey, J. J., . . . Gerfen, C. R.
"Topographic precision in sensory and motor corticostriatal projections varies across cell type and cortical area"View Publication
Gerfen, Charles R., Paletzki, R., & Heintz, N.
"GENSAT BAC Cre-Recombinase Driver Lines to Study the Functional Organization of Cerebral Cortical and Basal Ganglia Circuits"View Publication
Daniel, H., Ester, D., P., U. J. F., L., J. A., Timothy, S.-G., A., D. G., . . . Scott, K. J.
"A 3D MRI-based atlas of a lizard brain"View Publication
Castro, A., Becerra, M., Jesús Manso, M., & Anadón, R.
"Neuronal organization of the brain in the adult amphioxus (Branchiostoma lanceolatum): A study with acetylated tubulin immunohistochemistry"View Publication
Chen, C.-C., Winkler, C. M., Pfenning, A. R., & Jarvis, E. D.
Molecular profiling of the developing avian telencephalon: Regional timing and brain subdivision continuitiesView Publication
Hannibal, J., Christiansen, A. T., Heegaard, S., Fahrenkrug, J., & Kiilgaard, J. F.
"Melanopsin expressing human retinal ganglion cells: Subtypes, distribution and intraretinal connectivity"View Publication
Sakano, H., Zorio, D. A. R., Wang, X., Ting, Y. S., Noble, W. S., MacCoss, M. J., . . . Wang, Y.
"Proteomic analyses of nucleus laminaris identified candidate targets of the fragile X mental retardation protein"View Publication
Condro, M. C., Matynia, A., Foster, N. N., Ago, Y., Rajbhandari, A. K., Jayaram, B., . . . Waschek, J. A.
"High-resolution characterization of a PACAP-EGFP transgenic mouse model for mapping PACAP-expressing neurons"View Publication
Karten, H. J., Glaser, J. R., & Hof, P. R.
"An important landmark in scientific publishing"View Publication
Biolucida consists of 3 parts: a server computer, Biolucida server software, and the Biolucida viewer. Together, the server computer and server software constitute a virtual central library where your slides are maintained and served. Biolucida can integrate into existing IT infrastructure, it can be set up in another location, or it can be hosted in the cloud with Amazon Web Services.
The Biolucida server software allows educators and students to navigate through large images quickly — there is no waiting for images to download. This
software runs behind the scenes and is not visible to users.
The viewer is the software application that instructors and students use to view, access, and share virtual slides. The viewer can run on any computer (PC or Mac) connected to the internet.
Biolucida efficiently serves very large virtual slides. A typical single image size is 10-50 gigabytes, but Biolucida can easily handle an image that exceeds of
The Biolucida viewer runs on Mac and PC, and the Biolucida server software runs on Windows and Linux. The Biolucida web browser viewer also allows viewing
slides on mobile platforms such as iPads.
Yes, Biolucida supports images acquired with slide scanners from companies such as Huron, Aperio, Leica, Olympus, Zeiss and Hamamatsu. It also supports
images and image stacks acquired with confocal microscopes from companies such as Zeiss, Olympus, and Leica.
Yes, Biolucida lets you easily compare multiple images simultaneously.
Yes, Biolucida supports 3D virtual slides and allows users to focus through image planes just like a microscope.
"It was so helpful to have Biolucida already in place with the pandemic and move to online instruction. Everything worked so smoothly!"
"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."
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"We’ve been very happy for many years with MBF products and the course of upgrades and improvements. Your service department is outstanding. I have gotten great help from the staff with the software and hardware."
"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."
"MBF provides excellent technical support and helps you to find the best technical tools for your research challenges on morphometry."
We offer a free expert demonstration of Biolucida. During your demonstration you’ll also have the opportunity to talk to us about your hardware, software, or experimental design questions with our team of Ph.D. neuroscientists and experts in microscopy, neuron tracing, and image processing.
A fast, and versatile whole slide scanner for quantitative analysis.
Intelligent brain-wide cellular screening with anatomic specificity.
Neuron tracing & analysis directly at the microscope. The gold standard for neuron tracing.
The complete stereology solution. The gold standard for unbiased cell counting.