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Book and Media Reviews
December 5, 2012

NeuroApps: MRI Atlas of Human White Matter

Author Affiliations
 

Book and Media Reviews Section Editor: John L. Zeller, MD, PhD, Contributing Editor.

Author Affiliations: University Department of Radiology, Cambridge University, and Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, United Kingdom (n.sh.bahaei@doctors.org.uk).

JAMA. 2012;308(21):2280-2281. doi:10.1001/jama.308.21.2280

The tangle of nerve fiber bundles that make up human white matter presents a considerable challenge to the uninitiated student of neuroanatomy. These tracts assume highly contorted configurations, and trying to understand the 3-dimensional relationships between the many white matter tracts and other structures can be an onerous task. Conventional paper-based atlases have to make compromises in displaying what is inherently 3-dimensional data in a 2-dimensional format, in which following a single tract could require much cross-referencing and substantial page-turning. Electronic atlases offer the possibility of a much more flexible and interactive approach. In this spirit, the authors of a well-respected, paper-based white matter atlas have converted their work into an iPad app, NeuroApps: MRI Atlas of Human White Matter.

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