Migraines suck, especially when you don't know what's causing them. MRIs are cool though. From a technological perspective they're fascinating and we're lucky to live in a time when they're readily available (science is awesome). Obviously, I was NOT not going to ask (...see what I did there) for the data from my MRI scan. I was certain I'd find something entertaining to do with it.
Once I had the DICOMs in hand, I started the arduous process of learning how to use FreeSurfer, an open-source, beautifully named, computational neuroimaging software that's available for free and is maintained by the Laboratory for Computational Neuroimaging at the Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging (props to them for keeping it running). Luckily there were a number of guides online. Although, things rarely transpire smoothly and there was a sizable amount of terminal work needed, I was able to figure it out. It took my quadcore overclocked processor close to 8 hours to finish computing the 3D model once it started the process! Considering how fast a computer can execute operations and calculations...this kind of blew my mind (....see what I did there, again).
Anyways, enough chit chat. Here are some photos of my brain printed in PLA. I've yet to print a model to scale, I swear my real brain is bigger than this.