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8.2.2. nilearn.datasets.fetch_atlas_destrieux_2009

nilearn.datasets.fetch_atlas_destrieux_2009(lateralized=True, data_dir=None, url=None, resume=True, verbose=1)[source]

Download and load the Destrieux cortical atlas (dated 2009)

see 1, and 2.

lateralizedboolean, optional

If True, returns an atlas with distinct regions for right and left hemispheres. Default=True.

data_dirpathlib.Path or str, optional

Path where data should be downloaded. By default, files are downloaded in home directory.

urlstr, optional

URL of file to download. Override download URL. Used for test only (or if you setup a mirror of the data). Default=None.

resumebool, optional

Whether to resume download of a partly-downloaded file. Default=True.

verboseint, optional

Verbosity level (0 means no message). Default=1.


Dictionary-like object, contains:

  • Cortical ROIs, lateralized or not (maps)

  • Labels of the ROIs (labels)



Bruce Fischl, André van der Kouwe, Christophe Destrieux, Eric Halgren, Florent Ségonne, David H. Salat, Evelina Busa, Larry J. Seidman, Jill Goldstein, David Kennedy, Verne Caviness, Nikos Makris, Bruce Rosen, and Anders M. Dale. Automatically Parcellating the Human Cerebral Cortex. Cerebral Cortex, 14(1):11–22, 01 2004. URL:, arXiv:, doi:10.1093/cercor/bhg087.


C Destrieux, B Fischl, AM Dale, and E Halgren. A sulcal depth-based anatomical parcellation of the cerebral cortex. NeuroImage, 47(Supplement 1):S151, 2009. doi:10.1016/S1053-8119(09)71561-7. Examples using nilearn.datasets.fetch_atlas_destrieux_2009