Transverse Foramen

Transverse Foramen The structure indicated is the transverse foramen of a cervical vertebra. There are 33 vertebrae which make up the spinal column: 7 cervical 12 thoracic 5 lumbar 5 fused sacral vertebrae 3-4 fused coccygeal vertebrae The typical vertebra consists of the following features: Vertebral body Vertebral arch (neural arch) consisting of lamina and pedicle Spinous process Transverse process Vertebral foramen (collectively form vertebral canal) Superior and inferior articular processes Superior and inferior vertebral notches Transverse foramina are only present in the cervical vertebrae. These foramina allow the passage of the vertebral artery and vein. The vertebral arteries arise …

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