Pictures of Brain Used in MRI and CT Scans
Axial and Coronal Views

  • MRI and CT scans make pictures of the brain in thin slices.
  • Think about the brain as a loaf of bread. If the loaf is sliced up and down as usual, the slices are called “coronal.” If the loaf were sliced from side to side, the slices would be “axial.” When an MRI or CT scan of the brain is done, the pictures are like the bread slices – either coronal (up and down) or axial (side to side).

Source: Maxwell V. Blum Cancer Resource Room
Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA