Precentral gyrus discrepancy in electronic versions of the Talairach atlas

Joseph A. Maldjian, Paul J. Laurienti, Jonathan H. Burdette

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Electronic versions of the atlas of Talairach and Tournoux, including the Talairach Daemon and the official versions published by Thieme, contain a discrepant region of the precentral gyrus on axial slice +35 mm that extends far forward into the frontal lobe. This area is anatomically incorrect and internally inconsistent within the digital atlas software applications using their multiplanar cross-referencing tools. By cross-referencing the axial, sagittal, and coronal plates from the original printed atlas, we demonstrate that the discrepant area should be labeled middle frontal gyrus. The mislabeled portion encompasses a 3 × 1.5-cm region in the axial plane and has significant implications for sensorimotor studies that rely on the digital atlases for anatomic labeling.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)450-455
Number of pages6
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2004


  • Gyrus
  • Talairach atlas
  • Tournoux atlas

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Cognitive Neuroscience


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