Our Anatomy and Physiology Students are performing an activity that shows progress in learning new terminology. 2-D representations of body images are important because it allows physicians and scientists to see where injuries are located in the body. They are used to portray X-rays, CAT scans, MRI's and ultrasound images. A before picture may help the surgeon know where to repair the problem and an after picture will show if the injury is healing properly.
Let's test YOUR knowledge of directional terminology!! Make a midsagittal cut from the most superior position of the body through the cranial cavity. Stop at the inferior end of the cranial cavity and remove the head with a transverse cut superior to the thoracic cavity at the cervical region. View the two interior planes (a sagittal view) and the inferior transverse or cross sectional view.