These high grade acrylic and stainless steel matrices are precisely machined to ensure reproducible even sections of tissue from rat or mouse. The brain matrices allow the researcher to slice either coronal (perpendicular to center line) or sagittal (parallel to centerline) sections through the brain.
All coronal brain matrices have an additional mid-line sagittal cut to aid in the separation of the left and right hemispheres. The mouse brain matrices can also be used on neonatal rat brains.
When making a cut it is easiest to insert the blade at an angle, not straight down. Insert the blade in one side of the matrix at about a 45 degree angle then cut with it. Make the first cut with a blade and leave it in the Brain Matrix. Then take a second blade and make an adjacent cut. Leave this second blade in the Matrix as well. Now you can remove the first blade and cut with it again. Continuing in this “leap frog” method allows for more control over your cuts and limits brain movement while slicing.
When using this method, the previously cut slice will stick to the “leaping” blade as you pull it out to make your next cut. This should be removed before making the next cut. You may also choose to use more than two blades leaving multiple blades in. Some may find it beneficial to place a blade at either end of the desired section, and then make their cuts between the two end blades. Making a cut halfway between the blades, then cutting each half in half, etc. is a very stable way of doing it. Then to remove a slice, pull out the two blades on either side of it. After one slice is removed you only need to pull up one blade at a time to get
These single edge stainless steel blades are wide and rigid for easy handling. They are the perfect match for our matrices. Model 68-1150 are used for all 1 mm sectional matrices Model 68-1151 are used primarily for the 0,5 mm sectional matrices, although the 0.20 mm blade thickness allows them to be used with both the 0.5mm and 1mm matrices