Contents & Material
Constructed by the recognized leaders in brain cartography, the atlas provides the most detailed and accurate delineations of brain structure available. It is intended as an atlas for day-to-day use in the research laboratory to identify macroscopic and microscopic structures in the human brain as collected in research data with a variety of methods.
It will also be particularly useful for the interpretation of magnetic resonance imaging data. The atlas includes a DVD with not only the atlas in electronic format, but also a 3-D visualization software that allows easy browsing of the images, and a feature to allow direct retrieval of brain areas using coordinates obtained in magnetic resonance imaging.
Our group is interested in the analysis of the structural basis of the Human brain in order to understand its function and dysfunction.
The external features of the brain are shown as photographs and as virtual model with consistent color coding for every structure throughout. For the 3D Model the histological sections were spatially aligned with each other.
The interactive brain atlas shows sections and provides location and names of all major structures and subdivisions of the brain. Contains an alphabetical list of structures and search functionality in several languages.
Sections in high resolution are offered as images and in the virtual microscope.
Coming soon: access to a brain-structure database.
BrainNavigator / BrainLocator
BrainNavigator (Java program, available from the Atlas DVD): Interactive navigation through the segmented brain volume in three orthogonal slice dimensions with linked crosshair cursors.
Brain-Locator (Java applet, freely accessible from the website): Offers a subset of functions from the Brain Navigator. Functional data (e.g.fMRI) can be imported and superimposed on the orthogonal slices.
Most of the subcortical structures have been reconstructed on the basis of the illustrated sections. Whenever necessary, information from the extensive literature pertaining to the Atlas Brain was integrated.
3D Volume Reconstructions
Sections are presented in the standard stereotaxic space. Detailed delineations are shown in the context of cyto- and myeloarchitecture. These include cortex areas that are buried in cortical folds and the relevant subcortical structures.
- sulcal and gyral anatomy
- Surface models of subcortical structures
Transformation of the Atlas to any individual MR-image dataset
The automatic transformation procedure retaines
the high original resolution by MRI. Because the
transformation matrix is known, any point within
the MR-brain can be correlated to the atlas brain
and the corresponding coordinates can be used
for intra- and extramural communication.
Weigert (myelin) and Nissl (cell) stained sections are presented for orientation in low resolution, but optionally in high magnification for microscopy.