Structural Aspects of the Central Nervous System
Reference DHBIOM00000011
Taught in Majors List Master of Biomedical Sciences
Theory (A) 25.0
Exercises (B) 15.0
Training and projects (C) 0.0
Studytime (D) 180.0
Studypoints (E) 6
Credit contract? Access is determined after successful competences assessment
Examination contract? This course can not be taken through this kind of contract
Credit contract mandatory if Exam contract? Separate credit contract mandatory
Retake possible in case of permanent evaluation? Yes
Teaching Language Dutch
Lecturer Katharina D'Herde
Department GE05
Co-lecturers Eric Achten
Key Words

macroscopical anatomy, central nervous system, structural and functional medical imaging

Position of the Course

The course provides a solid foundation into macroscopical anatomy of the central nervous system with special emphasis on topografical aspects and structural and functional medical imaging techniques linked to computer tomography and magnetic resonance. Capita selecta of functional neuroanatomy are adressed.


  • Macroscopical anatomy of the central nervous system (macroscopy of the five brain vesicles and their derivatives
  • Vascularization of the central nervous system
  • Subarachnoidal space and its approaches
  • 3D structure of the ventricular system
  • Hemisferic dominance and cortical regions
  • Functional anatomy of the basal ganglia and the limbic system
  • Dissections of human brains
  • Principles of angiography, computer tomography, magnetic rensonance techniques and imaging protocols (MR, MRA, fMRI, MRS).

Starting Competences

Having successfully completed the courses Functional anatomy, Embryology and organogenesis, and Human pathogenesis from the bachelor program biomedical sciences, or having acquired the relevant ending objectives by other means.

Final Competences

  • Being able to explain the symptomatology of cerebrovascular accidents, based on the detailed knowledge of regional vascularisation of the brain
  • Being able to make a link between the anatomy as visualised on brain sections and medical images such as MR and CT images.
  • Being able to perform a brain dissection and to detect gross abnormalities.
  • Being able to explain the symptoms of diseases of the basal ganglia, based on insights into the functional anatomy of this system.
  • Giving evidence of three dimensional insight into the human brain when identifying structures on CT and MR images.

Teaching and Learning Material

Syllabus Academia Press: text and figures (in Dutch, ca. 10 euros) Sobotta, Volume 1: Head , Neck , Upper limb Putz and R. Pabst ( Elsevier, Urban &Fischer, 14th edition, 2006
For the course material of functional medical imaging the Minerva platform is used.


  • Neuroanatomy through clinical cases, Hal Blumenfeld, Sinauer Associates, Inc., 2002
  • Neuroanatomy, Text and Atlas, John H. Martin, Prentice Hall International Inc., second edition, 1996.

Course Content-Related Study Coaching

The lecturers can be contacted by email for questions concerning the course

Teaching Methods

Classroom lectures; ; Lab sessions

Evaluation Moments

Evaluation during examination period. Special conditions: It is a prerequisiste to reach a minimal level of knowledge for both parts of the course in order to pass the examination.

Evaluation Methods

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