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Looking at the brain from different angles

Last updated on Sunday, September 14 2014 by jdmiles

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Looking at the Brain from Different Angles

The brain is a complex 3-dimensional object. To gain an understanding of its anatomy, it is necessary to be able to recognize its various structures from different points of view. This section will also serve as an introduction to many important landmarks in the brain.



By the end of this section, make certain that you understand what each of these terms mean, and can apply them appropriately.  If applicable, make sure you can find each item on a whole brain, brain section, or image of a brain.

  • amygdala
  • anterior commissure
  • body of the fornix
  • columns of the fornix
  • corpus callosum
  • deep nuclei
  • fornix
  • frontal section
  • hippocampus
  • horizontal section
  • insular cortex
  • pineal body


Section 1: Overview and Surface Anatomy

Section 2: Looking at the Brain from Different Angles

Section 3: Neuroanatomy Landmarks: Ventricles

Section 4: Neuroanatomy Landmarks: Diencephalon

Section 5: Neuroanatomy Landmarks: Basal Ganglia

Section 6: The Brainstem

Section 7: Vasculature of the Brain

Section 8: Cranial Nerves


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