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MultiBrain® Layouts


The ability to designate the positions that specimens occupy within the MultiBrain® block provides the researcher with a unique enabling technology for analysis. Positioning can help to visualize relative gradients in stained features and can accelerate analysis.

Sample Orientation Illustration: Rat Brain Layout

dosinglevelbyrow(The dosing level by row demonstrated in this example represents one way in which you may choose to position your specimens to facilitate analysis.)

Relative location of individual brain sections on microscope slides

Use the links below to specify where sections of each specimen are to appear on the slides to facilitate comparison across treatment groups and controls. The brains will be positioned in the MultiBrain® embedding matrix such that subsequent sectioning of the MultiBrain® yields composite sections in this pattern.

Note: The MultiBrain® Matrix Marker preserves left-right orientation.

NSA strongly recommends that researchers designate their own positioning by selecting the appropriate form below, filling in the positions, printing the form for inclusion with shipped specimens, and sending an electronic version of the form to the email address listed on the form. If a numbering pattern is not specified, the brains will be embedded left to right in an ascending alphanumeric sequence.

Submit the appropriate completed form(s) by one of the following methods:

Email to
Upload the file (see below)

ax to 865.675.2787
Include the block map in the package with the tissue


PLEASE NOTE: Steps to fill out the form correctly:

1. Download the form.

2. Save the form.

3. Complete the form.

4. Upload the form.


Editable Templates:

Rat brains and comparable sized animals:
Mouse brains and comparable sized animals:
Rhesus Monkey, Cat/Dog brains and comparable sized animals:
Rabbit brains and comparable sized animals:
Spinal Cords:

Send NSA Your Block Map Via File Transfer:

MultiBrain® Layout Block Map Upload

Use this form to send us your block maps.
  • For multiple block quotes - if this is a single block, no ID is required
  • Drop files here or
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

For additional templates or for a mixed orientation, contact us for information.

COVID-19 IMPACT: Our labs are currently OPEN for business. We are fully operational with uninterrupted delivery services ready to receive your tissue.


For clients with projects in process: NSA will communicate with you prior to shipping materials to ensure you are able to accept deliveries. If you are unable to receive deliveries due to the current global situation, NSA will hold shipments at our facility until your delivery system returns to normal. If you have not added digital imaging to your order but need it to expedite or continue your research, contact us right away so we can work together to meet your needs.

For clients with tissues, sections and/or slides located at our facility: Please allow us to help you continue your research, particularly if you are working remotely. We are able to perform additional stains, digitize slides for secure remote viewing, and perform additional analysis. Contact us today via email at or using our contact form.

For new clients: We are ready to assist you with all of your neurohistology needs. We are open and fully operational with uninterrupted delivery services ready to receive your tissue.. This is a dynamic situation and we will update this message as things change.

NSA strives to minimize the impact of this global situation on your research and the neuroscience community as a whole. We wish you and yours the best as we maneuver through uncharted waters. Please contact us if we can assist you in any way.