Diffuse gliomas are highly infiltrative tumors whose early diagnosis and follow-up usually rely on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). However, the limited sensitivity of this technique makes it impossible to directly assess the extent of the glioma cell invasion, leading to sub-optimal treatment planing. Reaction-diffusion growth models have been proposed for decades to extrapolate glioma cell infiltration beyond margins visible on MRI and predict its spatial-temporal evolution. These models nevertheless require an initial condition, that is the tumor cell density values at every location of the brain at diagnosis time. Several works have proposed to relate the tumor cell density function to abnormality outlines visible on MRI but the underlying assumptions have never been verified so far. In this work we propose to verify these assumptions by stereotactic histological analysis of a non-operated brain with glioblastoma using a tailored 3D-printed slicer. Cell density maps are computed from histological slides using a deep learning approach. The density maps are then registered to a postmortem MR image and related to an MR-derived geodesic distance map to the tumor core. The relation between the edema outlines visible on T2 FLAIR MRI and the distance to the core is also investigated. Our results suggest that (i) the previously suggested exponential decrease of the tumor cell density with the distance to the tumor core is not unreasonable but (ii) the edema outlines may in general not correspond to a cell density iso-contour and (iii) the commonly adopted tumor cell density value at these outlines is likely overestimated. These findings highlight the limitations of using conventional MRI to derive glioma cell density maps and point out the need of validating other methods to initialize reaction-diffusion growth models and make them usable in clinical practice.