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Jan 19, 2023  02:01 PM | gaonskim
Comparison and contrast of different human brain atlases
Hello NITRC community,

I am a first year neuroscience graduate student and as a newbie into human neuroimaging, I would appreciate any and all feedback to my question. Thank you in advance!

Q1. Is there a review paper on the different atlases currently available?
Q2. How different are the ROIs based on the atlases?

I have noticed that there are different atlases to choose ROIs from. For the ABCD study itself there seems to be 4 atlases: Fischl, et al., 2002; Desikan, et al., 2006; Destrieux, et al., 2010; Hagler, et al., 2009. And from what I understand, many researchers use the Harvard-Oxford Atlas or the Johns Hopkins atlas. So I am assuming that we will have to unify the ROIs to compare results from different datasets, but I am wondering if there is the option to interchange ROIs from different atlases as well.


Best, 
Gaon
Jan 21, 2023  09:01 AM | Marcel Daamen
RE: Comparison and contrast of different human brain atlases
Dear Gaon,

I think that Lead-DBS.org (https://www.lead-dbs.org/about-the-mni-spaces/) and the links you can find there provide a good starting point to get a broad overview.

Be aware that the atlases are often based on slightly different variants of the MNI stereotactic space, which means that you must be careful when importing ROI definitions from multiple atlases, since you may need to do spatial transforms.

Meanwhile, there have been efforts to make this easier: See https://www.templateflow.org/ and the accompanying article by Ciric et al. (Nature Protocols 2022).

Hope this helps a bit,

Marcel


Originally posted by gaonskim:
Hello NITRC community,

I am a first year neuroscience graduate student and as a newbie into human neuroimaging, I would appreciate any and all feedback to my question. Thank you in advance!

Q1. Is there a review paper on the different atlases currently available?
Q2. How different are the ROIs based on the atlases?

I have noticed that there are different atlases to choose ROIs from. For the ABCD study itself there seems to be 4 atlases: Fischl, et al., 2002; Desikan, et al., 2006; Destrieux, et al., 2010; Hagler, et al., 2009. And from what I understand, many researchers use the Harvard-Oxford Atlas or the Johns Hopkins atlas. So I am assuming that we will have to unify the ROIs to compare results from different datasets, but I am wondering if there is the option to interchange ROIs from different atlases as well.


Best, 
Gaon
Jan 25, 2023  05:01 PM | gaonskim
RE: Comparison and contrast of different human brain atlases
Thank you Marcel!