Custom Brain Model for DBS

See the unseeable, touch the untouchable

The Challenge:

How can you have a meaningful discussion with neurosurgeons about deep brain stimulation targeting when the structures are not able to be seen? Our client wanted to familiarize neurosurgeons in the intricacies of their approach by enabling them to see and touch tiny or buried structures in the hypothalamus. A physical model would give surgeons a much better way to see all the complex structures and their relationship to each other.


Model Design:

Pulse MDM planned a horizontal plane to represent the “floor” of the brain that all the structures could be mounted to. We proposed making the targeted brain components in different colors to differentiate them from one another. The component colors would then be used as a reference for the key on the model base that named all the structures. And in order to see structures that were behind larger ones, we would choose translucent materials.


Model Development:

Using our client’s supplied data for the hypothalamus, Pulse MDM simplified the forms into discrete shapes and located them in the correct relationship to each other.  We sourced a gorgeous clear stock skull model to provide context. And we created replicas of the client’s probes that fit into recesses in the base.


Model Benefit:

Pulse MDM produced a beautiful and effective model to aid neurosurgeons in the visualization of tiny and buried structures within the basal ganglia. This transforms the procedure from a concept to an easily envisioned reality. Now our client is able to talk through many clinical scenarios with their neurosurgeons about the intricacies of their deep brain stimulation procedure and lead placement.


Replica of the Brain for Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS)


Although this custom model is 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 you will be able to promote 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.


Deep Brain Stimulation Procedure Overview:

Deep brain stimulation is an established treatment for people with movement disorders, such as essential tremor, Parkinson’s disease and dystonia, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. In deep brain stimulation (DBS), a surgeon places a lead under a person’s skin. The device sends out electrical impulses to targeted parts of the brain. The pulses can block abnormal signals that underlie several neurological conditions.

Deep Brain Stimulation