Neuroscience

Anatomically Accurate Brain Phantom

Experimental verification for neuromodulation

Virginia Commonwealth University researchers have developed an anatomically realistic 3-D brain phantom for the evaluation of neuromodulation techniques. Currently, there are no anatomically accurate brain phantoms that can experimentally verify neuromodulation methods such as transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) and deep brain stimulation (DBS). This has caused experimental limitations on the ability to test different parameters of neuromodulation prior to clinical trials. The brain phantom developed by our researchers is anatomically realistic and created with conductive materials that allow for the testing of TMS, tDCS, and DBS along with various neuroimaging modalities.

The technology

This brain phantom is constructed by 3D printed shells and comprised and filled with a conductive material which is capable of mimicking the averaged conductivity of the grey matter (GM) and white matter (WM) in the brain. The unique design of these models allows for the testing of both neuroimaging and neuromodulation techniques, such as TMS, tDCS, and DBS in a manner similar to a clinical setting. This allows for a greater level of treatment planning and control prior to clinical trials. Additionally, these phantoms can be constructed for individual patients using their MRI data, so that testing can be tailored on an individual basis.

Constructing the brain phantom by the shell method where the conductive polymer is casted into the brain shell. [View Image]
Figure 1.
Constructing the brain phantom by the shell method where the conductive polymer is casted into the brain shell.

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Benefits:

  • Anatomically accurate
  • Verify stimulation strengths in different parts of the brain
  • Visualize distributed electric and magnetic fields
  • Can be created on an individual basis from patient MRI data

Applications:

  • Testing of neuromodulation protocols: TMS and tDCS
  • Testing of neuroimaging techniques

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Additional information

Investigators:

Ravi Hadimani, Ph. D.

Patent status:

Patent issued: U.S. rights are available. 16/104,217

License status:

This technology is available for licensing to industry for further development and commercialization.

Category:

Biomedical, Research tools

VCU Tech #:

17-049

Contact us about
this technology

Brent Fagg, MS
Licensing Associate
bfagg@vcu.edu
(804) 827-2211