Important Notice*
The MRI Brain Atlas designed to use Flash Player will no longer function beginning on January 12, 2021, as Adobe has stopped supporting the Player and will block Flash content from running. We are actively working on a new version of the MRI Brain Atlas that will roll out soon. Your feedback is always welcome, and you may contact us through the CONTACT page.


This atlas was developed to identify the major neuroanatomical structures of the entire brain on MRI scan, in both interactive digital technology and in print. It is intended that it would help in teaching, learning, testing, and in correlating lesions found on patients' MRI structures, as seen in the slide below.
Javad Hekmat-panah, MD


Many of the most important advances in understanding have come from anatomical discoveries. A classic example is Thomas Willis' description of the circle of Willis. Another area where accurate anatomical localization is critical is in the interpretation of and ultimate use of unexpected surgical results such as pallidotomy to treat movement disorders. The value of anatomical knowledge goes in the other direction too. As new treatments are dreamed up, they have to be jived with anatomical realities. In addition, the complementary presentation of brain and blood vessel scans is invaluable in matching symptoms to cardiovascular beds. Finally, I would add that Javad's atlas allows direct engagement with the head in all of its messy realities, realities that are airbrushed out of existence by the rampant use of diagrams. While a neurosurgeon's goal is to treat the brain, other intracranial and even cranial tissues may have "something to say" about the plausibility of an intended approach.
Peggy Mason, Ph.D
Professor of Neurobiology
The University of Chicago

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.