Brainy pictures

It always surprises me what visitors to the site are searching for when they hit these pages. A common search this month is for brain pictures. Now, from the search keywords it’s not possible to tell whether it’s a photo of the brain, an MRI scan, or a schematic that the searchers are looking for. So, to cover all bases, here are a few links that might help:

All these images are hosted under the US government domain (.gov) and so should be copyright free, but don’t take my word for it if you plan to use them in your science project or for anything other than personal use. Google Images, of course, would have been my first port of call for finding brain pictures.

3 thoughts on “Brainy pictures”

  1. That’s a shame, but, like I said, I wasn’t au fait with the copyright status of the image and didn’t use it on this 2006 blog post for that very reason. It doesn’t actually offer any clues as to copyright on the image, for all anyone knows the image may have been donated into the public domain by the company. But, thanks for clarifying.

  2. Sorry, no, the labelled schematic brain picture is NOT copyright-free. MedlinePlus contracts with a commercial company called ADAM (logo prominent on the image) to provide illustrations, and they ARE copyrighted.

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