Special Staining Services

As a leading company in histology service, Creative Bioarray can offer a variety of comprehensive and reliable special staining for sectioned paraffin embedded tissues or cells to fit all individual needs. Our commitment is to provide our clients with the highest quality, personalized special staining services with competitive prices and quick turn-around times.

Special stain is a term describes many alternative staining techniques and histochemical procedures that are used when the traditional H&E cannot provide all the information the pathologist or researcher needs. Special staining techniques demonstrate the presence of tissue structures, cells, microorganisms, deposits and carbohydrates.

Special stains are important tools for many pathologists, providing a powerful complement to IHC, flow cytometry, In Site Hybridization (ISH) and other diagnostic technologies that ultimately define a patient’s medical profile. Many special stains are useful in diagnosing and monitoring cancers and diseases, while others can play a critical role in detecting and identifying pathogens. With our state-of-the-art histology laboratory and excellent scientists and experts who have years of hand-on experience in histology, Creative Bioarray offers comprehensive special staining services with our standard protocols. Customers also have the flexibility to request the specific needs during the procedure.

Special Staining Services

Creative Bioarray has the broadest special staining menu, including:

Stains for Connective Tissues

  • Masson's Trichrome Staining
  • Sirius Red Staining
  • Van Gieson (VG) Staining
  • Victoria Blue Staining
  • Verhoeff-Van Gieson (VVG) Staining
  • Weigert's Elastic staining
  • Movat Staining
  • Reticulin Staining
  • ATPase Staining

Stains for Nervous Tissues

  • Silver Impregnation Staining
  • Nissl Staining
  • Luxol Fast Blue Staining
  • Golgi-Cox Staining
  • Osmic Acid Staining

Stains for Deposits

  • Von kossa Staining
  • Alizarin Red Staining
  • Highman's Congo Red staining
  • Perls Prossian Blue Staining
  • Masson Fontana Staining


  • β-galactosidase Staining
  • Giemsa Staining
  • Azure A Staining
  • Feulgen Staining
  • Oil Red O Staining

Stains for Carbohydrates

  • Periodic Acid Schiff (PAS) Staining
  • Alcian Blue and PAS Staining
  • Alcian Blue Staining
  • Periodic Schiff-Methenamine (PASM) Staining

Stains for Bone Tissue

  • Safranin O-Fast Green Staining
  • Alcian Blue Staining
  • Toluidine Blue Staining
  • Goldner Staining
  • TRAP Staining
  • Alkaline Phosphatase Staining

Stains for Microorganisms

  • Acid Fast Bacilli staining
  • Gram Staining
  • Periodic Schiff-Methenamine (PASM) Staining
  • Periodic Acid Schiff (PAS) Staining
  • Methylene Blue Staining

Stains for Plants

  • Safranin O-Fast Green Staining (plant)
  • Triphenyltetrazolium Chloride (TTC) Staining
  • Aniline Blue Staining
  • I2KI Staining
  • PAS-Naphthol Yellow S Staining
  • Phloroglucinol Staining

Many other special stains are available upon request. Creative Bioarray also provides a series of dyes to help our clients achieve the best dyeing purposes. Please feel free to contact us if you need us to develop new staining methods to meet your specific needs. Please contact us for this special service. Let us know what you need and we will accommodate you. We look forward to working with you in the future.

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