A Conceptual Cortical Surface Atlas

Volumetric, slice-based, 3-D atlases are invaluable tools for understanding complex cortical convolutions. We present a simple scheme to convert a slice-based atlas to a conceptual surface atlas that is easier to visualize and understand. The key idea is to unfold each slice into a one-dimensional vector, and concatenate a succession of these vectors - while maintaining as much spatial contiguity as possible - into a 2-D matrix. We illustrate our methodology using a coronal slice-based atlas of the Rhesus Monkey cortex. The conceptual surface-based atlases provide a useful complement to slice-based atlases for the purposes of indexing and browsing.

By: Dharmendra S. Modha

Published in: PLoS ONE, volume Plos One, (no 6), pages Art No. E5693 in 2009


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