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I know that I can read, write and analyse different type of brain scanning data using various Medical Imaging Tools available for R. But I am looking for something very simple - a possibility to just plot a black & white, vectored, schematic outline of the brain (from top and side view) and outline some manually chosen anatomical parts.

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What is your data source for the plot? As you probably know, there are lots of great R tools to draw arbitrary polygons and label locations if you have a set of coordinates. –  Carl Witthoft Jan 31 '12 at 14:50
I don't think that data is relevant at this point @Carl. I am looking for something like a map - a simple default outline, on which I can plot any coordinates. –  Geek On Acid Jan 31 '12 at 15:09
In that case, why not look thru Google Images and D/L the highest-res outline you can find? –  Carl Witthoft Jan 31 '12 at 15:22
I agree with @CarlWitthoft, if you're simply after a schematic diagram of a brain that you can annotate, R probably isn't the right tool for the job. –  joran Jan 31 '12 at 15:37
Sure, you both have point @joran and Carl, but I come back to my example with maps. Certainly you can download hi-res outlines of the maps from Google, but there are packages for doing it in R. I was hoping to get similar reference for plotting 2D representation of brain in R, if it's been done already. If not - fair enough. –  Geek On Acid Jan 31 '12 at 15:59

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