Animal Direct Current Stimulation (DCS) System

The Soterix Medical Animal DCS system is the only device and integrated accessory set optimized for pre-clinical research on transcranial Direct Current Stimulation

Soterix Medical tDCS systems are recognized as superior in human trials, where precision and control cannot be compromised. Our hardware, software, and material scientists have applied same engineering rigor to the design of our pre-clinical stimulation systems including the Animal tDCS system. The stimulator and associated accessories is the only stimulation platform specially designed for rodent experiments based on years of experience and testing. The Animal tDCS stimulator is in fact based on the clinical industry standard Soterix Medical 1x1 platform. The Animal tDCS stimulator is the only system designed for consistent and controlled current delivery, even at very low currents in the µA range.

Compromised stimulation, reliability, and precision will undermine the validity and translation of any animal study. Since mode and quality of animal tDCS cannot be compromised, Soterix Medical has engineered the first complete DCS device, accessories, and connectors.

The Complete System for Animal tDCS

Complete Stimulator

The Soterix Medical Animal tDCS device provides reproduction of all tDCS protocols used in animal experiments and can be used for DCS in tissue systems such as brain slice and culture. The device provides a resolution of 10 µA spanning 20 µA to 1000 µA, allowing researchers ultimate flexibility in setting intensity dose. Experimental systems can provide a very wide range of potential loads, and the Animal tDCS is the only system engineered to ensure reliable stimulation, even under unexpected conditions. The device provides a resolution of 1 min spanning 5 min to 60 min allowing researchers ultimate flexibility in setting duration dose. For any dose, a matched sham dose is enabled simply by engaging the sham switch, in addition to initiating stimulation from the device's front panel. the device can be triggered to start by a trigger pulse.

Compromising the reliability and quality of stimulator performance, invalidates experiment outcomes. Only Soterix Medical Animal tDCS is designed and validated to the same standards as human systems.

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Complete Accessories

The Soterix Medical Animal tDCS system includes a range of accessories and electrodes specially designed for animal tDCS. Here again, our decade of experience as the industry leader in human non-invasive neuromodulation has provided the Soterix Medical biomedical team a deep understanding of underlying electrochemical and form factor issues needed to ensure reliable experiments. Solutions are provided for both epicranial and surface stimulation. The Soterix Medical epicranial implant solution allows robust skull implantation allowing easy tDCS application. The high-performance surface electrodes allow easy reproduction of all approaches used in pre-clinical research. Soterix Medical can also provide specifications for complete systems for in vitro brain slice stimulation or transwell cell culture stimulation. The Animal iDCS System can be configured to accommodate a range of imaging and electrophysiological techniques. Contact Soterix Medical engineers and scientists for help in selecting the right accessories for your experiment. Custom solutions can also be obtained. Accessory design is informed by advanced computational models with custom models available upon request.

Soterix Medical DCS compatible with brain slice stimulation chambers.

Complete systems can be configured for acute brain slice stimulation. Electrodes for in vitro and in vivo system come ready with connectors and cables for the DCS device.

Proper connectors ensure reliable and reproducible studies. Our scientific team provides support in configuring your system and installation of your the DCS system.

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Complete Dose Control

The montage used in pre-clinical studies must be carefully controlled. The position and size of both the main epicranial electrode, and any body electrodes used, determines current flow though the rodent. Each montage produces a very different brain current flow pattern. Soterix Medical established the use of detailed computational models to inform dose design in humans with our Neurotargeting platform and the same level of sophistication is available for pre-clinical studies. For example, applying 1mA in a small animal will produce current densities in the brain an order of magnitude, or more, about those produced in humans with 1 mA. Soterix Medical support of dose design is exactly integrated with electrode accessories and precise stimulator controls. Simply contact us at for dose design support. for dose design support.

Reproducible research on tDCS mechanisms strictly requires rigor in DCS methods in animal models. Soterix Medical biomedical science has a decade of experience spanning human and translation animal trials to help you configure the right system to address your hypothesis.

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Caution! The Soterix Medical Animal tDCS Stimulator is an investigational device. Federal (or United States) law limits device to investigational use in laboratory or other tests that do not involve human subjects .