Visible Human, Coronal Section/Anterior Thorax

This coronal section illustrates the anterior region of the thorax and abdomen. The pectoralis major muscles are evident at the top of the image. Within the thoracic cavity lie the heart and lungs. The heart lies within the mediastinum, and is surrounded by a thick fibrous membrane, the pericardium. This section cuts primarily through the right ventricle.

Abdomenal organs include the liver, stomach, and parts of the ascending and descending colon. Note the location of the ascending colon beneath the liver. The diaphragm, the primary muscle of inspriation, separates the thoracic cavity from the abdomen.

Key points in this image
lung | left ventricle | right ventricle | diaphragm | stomach | liver | pectoralis major |
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Module Name: a_vmY1649
Module Title: Visible Human, Coronal Section/Anterior Thorax
Image Info: Computer generated from gross transverse sections.
Created by: Lynn Bry
Last modified: Feb 7th, 1997

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