Somebody in charge of pulling flickr illustrations for Wired’s website has a good eye – they used this photo by Stephen Hampshire. A quick visit to flickr, and it turns out the photo is of Hampshire’s homemade version of a DIY project originally described by Neil Fraser: a wooden cube brain map/puzzle. Fraser summarized his creation thus:

Last month I took a left-right MRI scan, reconstructed it, and rerendered top-bottom and front-back scans. It was interesting to manipulate the data and extract information which while previously present, was not previously visible. Another method to visualize a complex 3D object is to build a model. The dimensions of the MRI data cuboid are almost exactly 3x4x5. Accordingly, I obtained 60 one-inch cubes (it’s the USA, forgive the Imperial measurements), arranged them appropriately, varnished the 94 outside faces, printed nine carefully selected cross-sections and their mirror images, sliced the prints into 266 squares and glued them to the correct internal faces.

And let me say, that is one retro-chic brain map there! Very nice indeed~

Via Wired (and the article was interesting, too!)



  1. #1 Rorie
    May 18, 2010

    That’s quite an impressive piece of work.

  2. #2 mxh
    May 18, 2010

    Very cool… I want one for my brain!

  3. #3 Jane
    May 18, 2010

    That’s awesome! How could we incorporate something like that into an anatomy lab practical?

  4. #4 Jessica Palmer
    May 18, 2010

    They’d be great for lab practicals. I think Tom should make a bunch of these – they’re right up his alley! 😀

  5. #5 Audiozobe
    May 19, 2010

    Excellent! I should get me one of these MRI for just the purpose of doing this project…

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