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The Human Brain Atlas

Keith D. Sudheimer, Brian M. Winn, Garrett M. Kerndt, Jay M. Shoaps, Kristina K. Davis, Archibald J. Fobbs Jr., and John I. Johnson

Radiology Department, Communications Technology Laboratory, and College of Human Medicine, Michigan State University;
National Museum of Health and Medicine, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology

A note concerning stained sections:

In this atlas you can view MRI sections through a living human brain as well as corresponding sections stained for cell bodies or for nerve fibers. The stained sections are from a different brain than the one which was scanned for the MRI images. Furthermore, for the stained sections, the brain was removed from the skull, dehydrated, embedded in celloidin, cut with a sliding microtome, passed through several staining and differentiating solutions, and mounted on glass slides. Each step of these procedures changed the shaped of the brain and of the sections. Therefore the stained sections will be quite a different size and shape than those of the MRI sections. Nevertheless, comparing MRI images with stained sections from approximately the same level can greatly increase understanding of the internal architecture of these brains.

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Coronal Plane

Horizontal Plane

Sagittal Plane

Quicktime movies of every section

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Coronal MRI Movie
(Quicktime Mov - 4.23 MB)

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Sagittal Rotate
(Quicktime Mov - 3.96 MB)

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Horizontal MRI Movie
(Quicktime Mov - 2.56 MB)

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Half Brain
(Quicktime Mov - 3.17 MB)

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Sagittal MRI Movie
(Quicktime Mov - 2.88 MB)

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Brain Exterior
(Quicktime Mov - 8.07 MB)

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Virtual Reality
(VR object - 3.01 MB)
(Quicktime Mov - 4.17 MB)

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(Quicktime Mov - 2.70 MB)

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All Views
(Quicktime Mov - Various)

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Other Fun Stuff

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Supported by: Grants IBN 0131267, 0131826, and 0131028, from the National Science Foundation
Division of Integrative Biology and Neuroscience.

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