Talairach VRML

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Talairach models The Talairach brain is a standard brain defined by the french Dr. Jean Talairach in his book: "Co-Planar Stereotactic Atlas of the Human Brain" (Thieme, Stuttgart, 1988). Each page in the book describes a slice of the human brain within a 2 dimensional grid. Brain structures are given their own color. Brodman numbers (cytoarchitectural classification) are also designated.

This page functions as a library of VRML models. For several models both VRML1 and VRML2 model are defined. The VRML2 models are defined as PROTOs and should be used as EXTERNPROTOs.

The Brede Matlab toolbox can construct similar Talairach VRML2 models.

Talairach components
Talairach components with controls
Talairach components with controls and functional blobs

Finn Årup Nielsen; 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998

The VRML models on this pages can be included in your VRML worlds. Meters are used as the scaling parameter, and the center is at the usually anterior commisure. The orientation of the coordinate system is the same as the bicommisural coordinate system: X - ear to ear; Y - front (face) to back; Z - top to bottom. This is what the BrainMap database also uses.

Picture from BrainMap, The Research Imaging Center, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. [http://ric.uthscsa.edu]

A Talairach frame containing the 3D grid, axis labels and rulers. A little sphere mark the center. It also defines viewpoints: Perspective and orthographical (sagittal, coronal and transversal).

WWWInline { name "http://hendrix.imm.dtu.dk/vrml/talairach/threed/talafram.wrl"}

Talairach Frame, 2 Talairach frame with the smaller grid.

WWWInline { name "http://hendrix.imm.dtu.dk/vrml/talairach/threed/talafra2.wrl" }

Talairach Visible Human

Talairach Visible Human Man

The left and right hemisphere from the Visible Human atlas. The surfaces are constructed by Heather Drury and David Van Essen at the Van Essen Lab, Washington University School of Medicine, Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology, St. Louis, Missouri, USA. [http://v1.wustl.edu/]. Their program "Caret" can also be used to visualize the Visible Human Man: Consult their homepage.

The Visible Human brain has been aligned to the Talairach Atlas with the Spatial Normalization software from Jack Lancaster [http://ric.uthscsa.edu].

The left hemisphere is just the right hemisphere mirrored.

VRML2 - Left Hemisphere
	exposedField SFNode appearance 
	field SFFloat creaseAngle
	field SFBool solid
] "http://hendrix.imm.dtu.dk/vrml/talairach/fourd/TalaDruryLeft.wrl"
VRML2 - Right Hemisphere
EXTERNPROTO TalaDruryRight [
	exposedField SFNode appearance 
	field SFFloat creaseAngle
	field SFBool solid
] "http://hendrix.imm.dtu.dk/vrml/talairach/fourd/TalaDruryRight.wrl"

Talairach Atlas Slice Talairach Atlas Slice. A polygon with the slice from the book as texture.

The slice can be draged in the Z-direction. It will change the texture according to the position. Note that not all slices are presently defined and the polygon can be put between two slices.

VRML2 - Z Slice (vrmlscript)
	field SFNode material
] "http://hendrix.imm.dtu.dk/vrml/talairach/fourd/TalaAtlasSliceZ.wrl"

Talairach rulers. The rulers are rotated to make them visible from two planar views. The unit on the ruler is centimeters, and the texture is a scanning of a real ruler.

WWWInline { name "http://hendrix.imm.dtu.dk/vrml/talairach/threed/talarule.wrl" }
	field SFNode material 
] "http://hendrix.imm.dtu.dk/vrml/talairach/fourd/TalaRuler.wrl"

Talairach grid, 3 planes

Talairach grids

The 3D grid lines. Not all Z-lines are there.

The small one is not so confusing as the large one, and the small one was inspired by a rendering at The Research Imaging Center, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. [http://ric.uthscsa.edu]

VRML1 - Large
WWWInline { name "http://hendrix.imm.dtu.dk/vrml/talairach/threed/talanet.wrl" }
VRML1 - Small
WWWInline { name "http://hendrix.imm.dtu.dk/vrml/talairach/threed/talagrid.wrl" }
VRML2 - Small
	field SFNode material
] "http://hendrix.imm.dtu.dk/vrml/talairach/fourd/TalaGrid.wrl"

Talairach axes

Talairach axes

The main axes at the anterior and posterior commisure.

WWWInline { name "http://hendrix.imm.dtu.dk/vrml/talairach/threed/talaaxes.wrl"}
	field SFNode material
] "http://hendrix.imm.dtu.dk/vrml/talairach/fourd/TalaAxes.wrl"

Axis labels

Talairach axis labels

WWWInline { name "http://hendrix.imm.dtu.dk/vrml/talairach/threed/talalab.wrl"}
	field SFNode material
] "http://hendrix.imm.dtu.dk/vrml/talairach/fourd/TalaLabel.wrl"


The Penfield and Rasmussen Homonculus in Talairach space, both the motoric and somatosensoric map.

VRML1 - Both
WWWInline { name "http://hendrix.imm.dtu.dk/vrml/talairach/threed/penfield.wrl"}
VRML1 - Motor Homonculus
WWWInline { name "http://hendrix.imm.dtu.dk/vrml/talairach/threed/penmotor.wrl"}
VRML1 - Somatosensoric Homonculus
WWWInline { name "http://hendrix.imm.dtu.dk/vrml/talairach/threed/pensomat.wrl"}
VRML2 - Motor Homonculus
EXTERNPROTO TalaPenfieldMotor [
	field SFNode material 
] "http://hendrix.imm.dtu.dk/vrml/talairach/fourd/TalaPenfieldMotor.wrl"
VRML2 - Somatosensoric Homonculus
EXTERNPROTO TalaPenfieldSomato [
	field SFNode material 
] "http://hendrix.imm.dtu.dk/vrml/talairach/fourd/TalaPenfieldSomato.wrl"

Brodman Brodman numbers in Talairach space. Only numbers from certain slices are defined.

WWWInline { name "http://hendrix.imm.dtu.dk/vrml/talairach/threed/brodmanall.wrl"}
WWWInline { name "http://hendrix.imm.dtu.dk/vrml/talairach/threed/brodman???.wrl"}

Talairach Skull Skull. The back part of the skull is missing.

	exposedField SFNode material
	field SFFloat creaseAngle 
	field SFBool solid 
] "http://hendrix.imm.dtu.dk/vrml/talairach/fourd/TalaSkull.wrl"

Talairach Eyes Eyes. They probably have the wrong size and position. However, they fit to the skull.

] "http://hendrix.imm.dtu.dk/vrml/talairach/fourd/TalaEyes.wrl"

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