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Head & Neck

Skull

The skull is a complex arrangement of bones and serves mainly to protect your brain. Here you'll learn about the bones that define the cranium.
  1. Anterior view of the skull
    Structures seen on the anterior view of the skull.
  2. Posterior and lateral skull
    Structures seen on the posterior and lateral views of the skull.
  3. Calvaria
    Structures seen on the superior and inferior views of the calvaria.
  4. Inferior view of base of the skull
    Structures seen on the inferior view of the base of the skull.
  5. Superior view of base of the skull
    Structures seen on the superior view of the base of the skull.
  6. Midsagittal skull
    Structures seen on the midsagittal section of the skull.
  7. Ethmoid bone
    Structure and landmarks of the ethmoid bone.
  8. Sphenoid bone
    Structure and landmarks of the sphenoid bone.
  9. Temporal bone
    Structure and landmarks of the temporal bone.
  10. Mandible
    Bony structures of the mandible.

Orbit and contents

The bony orbit is the skeletal cavity or socket which is made up of several cranial structures and surrounds the soft tissue that make up the eye.
  1. Bones of the orbit
    Bones and bony structures of the orbit.
  2. Superior and inferior orbital fissures
    Structure and contents of the orbital fissures and the optic canal.
  3. Muscles of the orbit
    Overview of the muscles of the orbit and related structures.
  4. Blood vessels of the orbit
    Arteries and veins found on the region of the orbit.
  5. Nerves of the orbit
    Nerves found on the region of the orbit.
  6. Eyeball
    Structure of the eyeball seen on a transverse section.
  7. Eyelids and tunica conjunctiva
    Sagittal section of the orbital cavity and the eyeball
  8. Lens and corpus ciliare - posterior view
    A posterior view of the lens
  9. Blood vessels of the eyeball
    Arteries and veins of the eye.
  10. Lacrimal Apparatus
    Anatomy of the lacrimal apparatus and relation with other structures of the head.

Nasal region

The nasal region consists of two main structures: nose, which defines the center of the face; and nasal cavity, an air-filled space above and behind the nose.
  1. Lateral wall of the nasal cavity
    Bones, cartilages and mucosa with focus on the lateral wall.
  2. Medial wall of the nasal cavity
    Bones, cartilages and mucosa of the medial wall of the nasal cavity.
  3. Blood vessels of the nasal cavity
    Arteries and veins of the nasal cavity.
  4. Nerves of the nasal cavity
    Nerves found and responsible for innervating the nasal cavity.

Ear

The ear is situated bilaterally on the Human head. It is the motherboard for somatic balance and hearing. It can be divided into the outer, middle and inner ear.
  1. Outer ear and auditory tube
    Overview of the structures of the outer ear and auditory tube.
  2. Labyrinth
    Overview of the bony and membranous structures of the labyrinth.

Teeth

The teeth are anatomical structures that can be found in the oral cavity in both the upper and lower jaws.
  1. Overview of the teeth
    Overview of all the maxillary and mandibular teeth.
  2. Teeth names
    Learn the specific names of the adult teeth.
  3. Anatomy of the tooth
    Structure of the tooth seen in cross section.

Oral cavity

The oral cavity is an important internal area of the head and is the first part of the digestive system. It also plays a significant role in communication.
  1. Overview of the oral cavity
    The oral cavity is the first part of the digestive system.
  2. Structure of the tongue
    Overview of the structure of the tongue seen from cranial view of the dorsum.
  3. Muscles of the tongue
    Overview of the intrinsic and extrinsic muscles of the tongue.
  4. Neurovasculature of the tongue
    Arteries, veins and nerves of the tongue.
  5. Lingual papillae
    Sectional block diagram showing the different lingual papillae.

Pharynx

The pharynx is a muscular column running between the oral cavity and the esophagus. Each pharyngeal structure, including muscles and vessels, will be seen here.
  1. Muscles of the pharynx
    Overview of the muscles of the pharynx and related structures.
  2. Pharyngeal mucosa
    Pharyngeal mucosa and related structures.
  3. Blood vessels of the pharynx
    Arteries and veins of the parapharyngeal space.
  4. Nerves of the pharynx
    Nerves of the parapharyngeal space.

Neck

The neck is the part of the body that distinguishes the head from the torso or trunk. Many vital structures pass through this area of the body.
  1. Larynx
    Cartilages, ligaments, membranes and muscles of the larynx.
  2. Vocal cords
    Detailed anatomy of the vocal folds and surrounding structures.
  3. Muscles of the anterior neck
    Overview of the muscles that define the anterior neck.
  4. Triangles of the neck
    Detailed anatomy of the triangles of the neck.
  5. Compartments of the neck
    Fascial layers divide the neck into compartments.
  6. The hyoid bone
    The hyoid bone and neighbouring structures.
  7. Thyroid and parathyroid glands
    Thyroid and parathyroid glands seen from the anterior and posterior views.

Neurovasculature of head & neck

The head and neck are comprised of many structures that are supplied and innervated by arteries, veins and nerves found in this region of the body.
  1. Pterygopalatine fossa
    A detailed view of the borders and neurovasculature contents of the pterygopalatine fossa.
  2. Cervical plexus
    Structure of the cervical plexus, including the cutaneous and muscular branches.
  3. Neurovasculature and lymph nodes of the neck
    Arteries, veins, nerves and lymph nodes of the neck.

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