Custom Biliary Tract Model

Anatomy tracts with dramatic realism

The Challenge:
Create a model that looks just like a human biliary tract from the inside scope view to do a dynamic demonstration of SpyGlass™ DS System for the direct visualization of the pancreatic and bile ducts.


Model Development:

Because Pulse MDM understands that the optical properties of model making materials do not reflect light the same way as live tissue, we produced samples for Boston Scientific to test the performance of their device in a simulated tract to compare with live tissue scope images. We included material and pigment experiments in groups of 3 darkness gradations. The purpose was to find as close a match as BSC wanted to pursue. After the materials and pigments were selected, Pulse MDM sculpted a realistic biliary tract using client supplied images.


Model Solution:

After Pulse MDM created the model, Boston Scientific provided images of the scope view of our model that we could not distinguish from live patient images. This biliary tract was crafted for surgeons to experience the superior visualization of Boston Scientific’s camera. It is designed for use with a scope, it realistically represents disease states, and it is durable; able to be reused almost indefinitely. Equivalent models can be created for any tract, vessel, or organ to highlight your product’s distinct benefits.


Customized Biliary Tract Model


Although these custom models are not available for sale to the public, we are delighted to make you a version that is specific to your unique medical device and procedure. Please use this link to start the process of receiving a model concept; a visual representation of how clinicians and patients will experience your product and procedure. Pulse MDM does not charge for model concepts or the conversations around them so there is no risk to see how we can help you to tell your story in the most engaging and memorable way possible.


Biliary Endoscopy Overview:

A Biliary Endoscopy enables physicians to diagnose problems in the liver, gallbladder, bile ducts and pancreas.

The liver is a large organ that, among other things, makes a liquid called bile that helps with digestion. The gallbladder is a small, pear-shaped organ that stores bile until it is needed for digestion. The bile ducts are tubes that carry bile from the liver to the gallbladder and small intestine. These ducts are sometimes called the biliary tree. The pancreas is a large gland that produces chemicals that help with digestion and hormones, such as insulin.

Also known as Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP), a Biliary Endoscopy is primarily used by physicians to diagnose and treat the conditions of the bile ducts, including gallstones, inflammatory strictures (scars), leaks (from trauma and surgery) and cancer. It combines the use of x-rays and an endoscope, a long, flexible, lighted tube. Through the endoscope, the physician can see the inside of the stomach and duodenum and can inject dyes into the ducts in the biliary tree and pancreas, so they can be seen on x-rays.

Biliary Endoscopy