The Human Cerebral Cortex

An MRI Atlas of the Sulci and Gyri in MNI Stereotaxic Space


  • Michael Petrides, Montreal Neurological Institute and McGill University, Montreal, Canada

As MRI research becomes more detailed and specialized, it becomes essential to have detailed atlases that also explain individual variability, but other atlases do not provide this detail and leave users without illustration of, or guidance regarding how to deal with the variability they inevitably encounter in research and practice. This book serves as the first cortex atlas to address this growing need, appealing to clinicians, researchers and graduate students in neuroscience, neurology, neurosurgery and radiology.

The atlas provides nearly 200 photographs of 3D reconstructions of human brains in a standard series of coronal, sagittal, and horizontal sections. It illustrates in detail and labels 95% of the cortex sulci and gyri, and images are presented in the MNI stereotaxic space. In addition to the standard brain and its sections are numerous examples of brains that exhibit patterns of deviating sulci and gyri. Examples of these variants are presented next to the standard illustration, accompanied by brief commentary aimed at helping users identify these variants and use them in their own work

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Clinicians, researchers and graduate students in neuroscience, neurology, neurosurgery and radiology


Book information

  • Published: October 2011
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-386938-8

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Introduction

Chapter 2. Methods

Chapter 3. Overview of Sulci and Gyri of the Human Cerebral Cortex and Nomenclature

Chapter 4. Coronal Sections

Chapter 5. Horizontal Sections

Chapter 4. Sagittal Sections

Chapter 7. Frontal Lobe

Chapter 8. Parietal Lobe

Chapter 9. Temporal Lobe

Chapter 10. The Sylvian fissure and the Insula

Chapter 11. Occipital Lobe


Index of Sulci and Gyri

Index of Abbreviations