Brain atlas

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A brain atlas is composed of serial sections along different anatomical planes of the healthy or diseased developing or adult animal or human brain where each relevant brain structure is assigned a number of coordinates to define its outline or volume. Brain atlases are contiguous, comprehensive results of visual brain mapping and may include anatomical, genetical or functional features.

In most atlases, the three dimensions are: latero-lateral (x), dorso-ventral (y) and rostro-caudal (z). The possible sections are

Surface maps are sometimes used in addition to the 3D serial section maps[1]

Besides the human brain,[2] brain atlases exist for the brains of the mouse,[3] rhesus macaques,[4] Drosophila[5] and others.

Notable examples include the Allen Brain Atlas, BrainMaps, and BigBrain.

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  1. ^ "NeuroMaps Viewer". Retrieved 2016-01-30. 
  2. ^ "The Human Brain · Atlas of the Human Brain · · Homepage". Retrieved 2016-01-30. 
  3. ^ "ISH Data :: Allen Brain Atlas: Mouse Brain". Retrieved 2016-01-30. 
  4. ^ "Home :: NIH Blueprint Non-Human Primate (NHP) Atlas". Retrieved 2016-01-30. 
  5. ^ "Flybrain Front Page". 2000-07-26. Archived from the original on 1998-01-09. Retrieved 2016-01-30.