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The Rhoton Collection

AANS members have free access to an online repository of legendary teaching materials illustrating neuroanatomy from Albert L. Rhoton Jr., MD, FAANS(L). The Rhoton Collection® website is an interactive site providing Dr. Rhoton’s slides, video lectures and an interactive atlas – all in 2-D and 3-D formats.

These high-resolution images and videos are available for use in presentations or educational materials: simply credit The Rhoton Collection®.

To access, go directly to The Rhoton Collection: If you do not remember your login or experience login issues, use the site’s “Reset Password” or “Create an Account” options.

  • Browse content in an interactive format for self-study.
  • Access content in full-screen presentation mode for conferences and teaching.
  • Project slides and highlights in 2-D or 3-D directly from the Internet.
  • Download high-resolution slides and illustrations in a variety of formats.

What is The Rhoton Collection?

The Rhoton Collection® is an online repository of Dr. Rhoton’s teaching materials. It will ultimately include all of his slides, his video lectures and an interactive atlas - all in 2-D and 3-D formats. The Neurosurgical Research & Education Foundation (NREF) and the AANS are currently funding the effort to scan this vast collection of slides, numbering in the tens of thousands. The collection also includes thousands of drawings created by volunteers that highlight anatomical structures in the interactive atlas and in the videos.

The main goal of Dr. Rhoton’s efforts is to increase knowledge of neurosurgical anatomy, thereby making surgery more accurate and safe. The Rhoton Collection is designed to make this as efficient as possible.

How do I access The Rhoton Collection?

The direct link to The Rhoton Collection is Once there, you can set up a username and password or, if you already have credentials, log in to the site. If you do not remember your login or experience login issues, use the site’s “Reset Password” or “Create an Account” options.

What does it cost to use items in The Rhoton Collection?

The Rhoton Collection is sponsored by the AANS and NREF so that it can be freely available worldwide, in accordance with Dr. Rhoton’s desire for his educational materials to have as much impact as possible. Fellows from all over the world have helped Dr. Rhoton create this vast collection, and the whole world will benefit from their work.

Can I use materials from The Rhoton Collection for presentations and publications?

Materials in The Rhoton Collection are available for download in high-resolution formats suitable for educational presentations, publications or for media use. Materials may be re-used for educational or media purposes as long as credit is given to The Rhoton Collection. Watermarks may not be removed from the images or videos.

If you wish to use the content for commercial advertising or other purposes, please contact the NREF at 888.566.2267 or

Is there an opportunity to financially support The Rhoton Collection?

To support this work on The Rhoton Collection through the NREF, visit and select the “Honor Your Neurosurgical Mentor” donation option, then choose the "Albert Rhoton Jr, MD Fund." Donations from industry and individuals will help to cover the costs of running and maintaining the collection, as well as expenses incurred by Dr. Rhoton’s lab to complete the collection. Please contact the NREF for more information on these opportunities at 888.566.2267 or

How is The Rhoton Collection organized and accessed?

The Rhoton Collection website is not a conventional static web page but rather a complex application that runs in a web browser, much like Gmail and other ‘Apps’. All anatomical topics and cases can be viewed interactively for self-study or in a full screen presentation mode that can be used in conferences to project slides directly from the internet in 2-D or 3-D. Many topics will have related video lectures.

Does The Rhoton Collection include more than just images?

Yes, it is also an interactive anatomical atlas and an archive for related neurosurgical cases. Work is also underway to cross reference The Rhoton Collection to the neurosurgical literature as it relates to various topics on anatomy and surgical approaches. For example, while studying facial nerve anatomy you could quickly view a list of all the seminal papers about it and open a PDF of a paper directly. The Journal of Neurosurgery (JNS) use The Rhoton Collection as an anatomical reference, so that readers of online journal articles can quickly review related anatomical topics.