Medical Illustrations of the Spine

Interesting Anatomical Facts about the Spine

The spine, vertebral column or backbone, is a series of vertebrae forming the axis of the skeleton and protecting the spinal cord. It is divided into four regions, the neck vertebrae C1-C7, twelve thoracic labeled T1-T12 and five lumbar vertabrae L1-L5.

These regions are so named and distinguished from one another as the cervical spine curves outward, the thoracic curves inward, and the lumbar curves outward again. Another distinguishing factor is the thoracic region, where the ribs attach to the individual vertebrae. A third characteristic is whether the vertebrae can move relative to one another.

The team here at medical-artist.com have a strong understanding of the anatomy of the spine and the skeletal system, which is vital to being able to produce accurate and anatomically correct medical illustrations. Various projects have included supplying artwork for patient information postes, such as issues of back pain, in particular the lumbar region. A collection of illustrations were created to be at least 12inches high, to fit on a large poster, to be sold along with anatomical models of the spine, ready to be used as a teaching aid by doctors and physicians in Canada.

Gallery of Medical Illustrations of the Spine and Associated Anatomy

lumbar vertebrae L4 and L5 and spinal cord

Normal anatomy of L4 and L5

Sacrum, plevis and lumbar vertebrae

Sacrum, plevis and lumbar vertebrae

 
Lumbar vertebra superior view

Lumbar vertebra superior view

Lumbar vertebra superior view

Lumbar vertebra superior view

Dura anatomy

Dura anatomy

 
Lateral view of the skeleton

Lateral view of the skull with spine
See mores spine illustrations

Thoracic vertebrae

Thoracic vertebrae

Sacrum, plevis and lumbar vertebrae

Sacrum, plevis and lumbar vertebrae