Fieldtrip [1] includes a template headmodel based on the “Colin27” anatomical MRI. While this model is fine the way it is, there are some reasons why i do not like to use it.

Colin27 is not symetric and also only based on a single individual. This can cause problems when you visualize your sources on the MRI. Second, it is not a common template  and this causes problems when you want to use a specific atlas, maybe more in tune with your research question. For example, FSL comes with a larg set of atlases, but they are all geared towards the ICBM152! It would make life easier if one could use a template headmodel which can easily use these atlases. So i made one, and i want to share it with you.

I used the “MNI152_T1_0.5mm.nii”  template included in FSL. Using Fieldtrips functions, i performed a segmentation, estimated a boundary triangle mesh and finally used the dipoli-method to construct a headmodel [2]. You can find the code below. If you want to understand the process better, consider taking a look at fieldtrips tutorial on headmodel construction.

Put Short:Take a look, and feel free to download the symetric_headmodel.
Code for Construction
I used the following code for construction the headmodel.
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Visual Inspection

In the comments, the topic of adapting the code for indivual MRIs was discussed. Important for a sucessful implementation is finding an error in one of the steps. If you want to inspect your steps, you can try the following code.

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[1] Oostenveld R, Fries P, Maris E, Schoffelen J-M. FieldTrip: Open Source Software for Advanced Analysis of MEG, EEG, and Invasive Electrophysiological Data. Computational Intelligence and Neuroscience 2011;2011:1–9. doi:10.1155/2011/156869.
[2] Oostendorp TF, van Oosterom A. Source parameter estimation in inhomogeneous volume conductors of arbitrary shape. IEEE Trans Biomed Eng 1989;36:382–91. doi:10.1109/10.19859.