Slide Scanning at Your Microscope

Microlucida gives you the power to capture 2D and 3D whole slide images at your brightfield or fluorescence microscope. It allows you to easily generate high quality whole slide images and image stacks. It also enables you to use a single high-quality image acquisition application across all of your microscopes, a feature particularly beneficial for core facilities.

  • With support for research microscopes from Zeiss, Olympus, Nikon, and Leica, Microlucida is custom-designed for seamless integration with the world's leading motorized stages and cameras.
  • Microlucida can save large amounts of disk space with its high-quality JPEG 2000 compression of images and stacks. 
  • Capture stunning whole slide images for your research with Microlucida.
  • Use your existing microscope to scan slides at high power in 2D or 3D, using air, oil or water immersion objective lenses. 


Microlucida is designed to operate on a wide variety of microscopes and hardware commonly used in laboratories. This versatility allows customization of your research system to fit your exact needs and budget. It's simple to use user interface also allows a new user to begin capturing high magnification whole slide images easy within minutes. 

We work closely with you to choose the best hardware for each new system, ensuring optimal performance to help you achieve your research goals within your budget.  We sell all necessary hardware equipment or you might be able to use your own microscope equipment since our software can integrate with most existing microscopes. 

We encourage you to contact us with any questions, as the functionality of the system and the hardware needed is dependent on your research goals.


System Components

  • Microlucida software 
  • Research microscope
  • Motorized microscope stage and focus
  • Scientific grade digital camera
  • Specialized microscope hardware (filter wheels, shutters, vibration isolation platforms, z-encoders, structured illumination, digitizing tablets)
  • PC running Microsoft Windows 10

We can provide you with a complete turn-key system solution, ensuring maximum performance, reliability, and ease-of-use. We stand fully behind every system we sell.

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
"MBF Bioscience is extremely responsive to the needs of scientists and is genuinely interested in helping all of us in science do the best job we can."
Sigrid Veasey, M.D.
University of Pennsylvania


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.


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Hardware Options

Digital Cameras

We sell the digital cameras from world leading manufacturers of scientific grade. We help you choose the model that is most effective for your use–from real-time color cameras for brightfield microscopy to state-of-the-art cooled, high sensitivity cameras for dim fluorescence microscopy. We can also configure systems with dual cameras to optimally support the widest range of specimens – from brightfield microscopy through structured illumination fluorescence microscopy.

Motorized Stages

Microlucida is most productive and efficient with a three-axis motor driven microscope stage that we can provide. The software automatically maintains the registration of the graphics overlay with the microscope image when the stage is moved, allowing for integration of multiple fields of view. This feature ensures the fastest and most accurate data acquisition from objects larger than a single field of view.

Specialized Microscope Hardware: motorized external filter wheels, shutters and illumination devices

When working with multi-channel fluorescence microscopy, we automate many of the functions of a microscope to dramatically reduce the amount of work that you need to do, such as changing fluorescence filters and opening and closing the shutter. We can add automatic, motorized devices to most existing manual microscopes.


We are an authorized reseller of Dell computers, monitors and peripherals. We can easily work with you to ensure a complete, customized, economical integrated solution.

The recommended computer configuration includes: PC with Intel Core i7, Windows 10, 12 GB or more RAM (minimum 2GB), 100 GB or larger hard drive (minimum 40GB), and dual monitors (24” 1920×1200).

*For 64-bit, we include a true 64-bit application with signed 64-bit drivers, allowing the loading of much larger 3D image stacks, images and videos.

Although we support a wide range of hardware, certain hardware configurations are not appropriate for some applications.
We recommend you contact us for details.


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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