I’ve been absolutely immersed in brain anatomy (which I now heart) for the past eight months. In the process I’ve amassed a rather large collection of links. I’ve listed some of the better resources below, hopefully others will find this helpful.
Image Source: the Morbid Anatomy Collection
1. The Brain from Top to Bottom (McGill University) offers a fantastic overview of the brain. It can serve as a good starting point for introducing the molecular to histological to social aspects of the brain. The nice design is a great bonus.
2. The Digital Anatomist (University of Washington) is a site I use frequently for my studies. The organization is a bit confusing but the site has amazing gross and histological sections, vascular and pathway diagrams, and MRI animations. There is a self-test for almost every slide, which is a great way to reinforce the structures and pathways.
3. Salamon’s Neuroanatomy and Neurovasculature Web-Atlas Resource (UCLA) is a pretty comprehensive tutorial resource covering both anatomy and vascularization of the brain. With clear explanations and diagrams, the site is good for self-study or as a complement to neuroanatomy classes. The interface could be better (the text is all in jpg form) but the thorough quiz section makes up for that.
4. Neuroanatomy Tutorial (University of Utah) is a fairly simple but highly effective site for learning gross structure of the brain. Its labeling system is particularly useful.
5. Neuro Atlas (University of Arkansas) and Medical Gross Anatomy Atlas Images (University of Michigan) also offer anatomical sections, and in addition, sections of the spinal cord and the eye. The quality of the images isn’t the best however.
6. MRI Brain Atlas (University of Florida College) One of the first hurdles in understanding neuroanatomy is being able to visualize 2D sections in 3D space and in relation to other sections. This site allows gives different sections and components of the brain simultaneously from axial, coronal and sagittal views. It’s an incredible tool for training yourself to visualize and put the big picture. Beware that it takes a while to load however.
7. The Brain Module (Wayne State University) uses mostly low resolution MRI scans. However what is great about this site is the explanations found on the right panel accompanying each section of the brain. Very helpful if you’re trying to do a quick overview.
8. Brain Maps (UC Davis) is anatomy on steroids. It offers 60 Terabytes of high resolution images of the brain (gross, histological and histochemical sections) for humans and several other species. As a database and repository the site is most suitable for people doing research in the field, or people who know exactly what they’re looking for, because one can get lost very easily.
9. MRI Atlas of the Human Brain (Michigan State University) is a less intense version of Brain Maps. The site is a repository of MRI images of the brain. However, the structures in the images are all labeled, so it is very useful for getting a different perspective of the brain if you are tired of myelin-stained sections.
10. Comparative Mammalian Brain Collections (University of Wisconsin) is an absolutely amazing collection for anyone doing any sort of comparative studies of the brain. It can be thrilling to look at too… llama brains are even cooler than llamas. 😀 If you like mice, the Mouse Brain Atlas (US National Institute of Mental Health) and HR Mouse Brain Atlas (Harvard University) might be of interest.
The Whole Brain Atlas (Harvard University) is a fantastic site if you’re interested in aging and degenerating and diseased brains. The site has CT, MRI and PET scans and videos of the brain at it’s normal state, and the alterations as it ages. You can also view different kinds of strokes, tumors, alzheimer’s, huntington’s and other degenerative diseases, as well as various infectious diseases.