Custom Urinary Tract Training Model

train multiple procedures with one model

“This model has been an essential tool in training all new hires domestically. It was also used to support product & procedure training for forty+ sales reps from across Europe & the Middle East in the last year. Outside of sales training, the model has been a very effective vehicle for product demos, including conferences in the US, Europe, Middle East, and Asia.”

… Senior Product Manager


The Challenge:

Our client had an entire suite of urological devices he wished to demonstrate using a single model including:

Guidewire– Stiffness evaluation – compare the ability of different guidewires to straighten ureter on the right side vs the left side

Access Sheath– Ability to pass access sheath over a guidewire, advance up to the proximal ureter

Stent/Tumor stent- Ability to insert guidewire up to kidney, place stents over the guidewire, and accurately position coils of the stent in kidney and bladder

Ureteral Balloon– Ability to pass ureteral balloon over the guidewire, advancing half-past opening of the ureter and demonstrate the ability to inflate to maximum diameter regardless of stricture

Nephrostomy Balloon– Practice gaining access into an appropriate calyx (insert needle, place guidewire through the needle, place the balloon over the guidewire, inflate, place sheath over the balloon, remove the balloon, leaving just the sheath)

Ureteral Catheter– Ability to advance over the guidewire, remove guidewire, and inject contrast (i.e. colored water) into kidney

Basket– Ability to insert up to ureter and kidney and retrieve stones

Laser Fiber– Demonstrate the impact of laser fiber on scope deflection

Scopes (rigid cystoscope, semi-rigid and flexible ureteroscope)

Rigid Cystoscope: Be able to insert rigid cystoscope through the urethra into the bladder to practice gaining access with guidewire into the ureteral orifice


Model Design:

Pulse began with the process by learning how to do all those procedures and conceive of an all in one model.  We determined what is three-dimensionally represented vs what could be captured with an image.  We determined what is better to have opaque and what is better served with transparency.  We designed a method to compress the ureter to create an adjustable stricture.  We included horizontal slots to support the ureters that facilitate lateral movement for a custom experience.


Model Development:

Pulse MDM worked very closely with our client to define the sizes and proportions of all anatomical structures.  Test models were made using several materials for client evaluation.

Custom Training Model for Urinary Tract

Model Solution:

This urinary tract training model accommodates 9 urology procedures!  Our clients show urologists that stiffer wires provide an advantage when gaining access by showing that flexible wires are more likely to buckle.

The Pulse MDM model holds fluid under pressure and was created with a kickstand to display the model upright to draw attention at busy conferences and congresses. From urethra through calyces medical device reps and clinicians can get hands-on experience with urology medical devices and procedures.


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 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.