Last Modified: January, 2008. (J. Crimando)


Cervical Vertebrae Overview




          
Superior view of two cervical vertebrae...

 There are 24 vertebrae in the spine; the first seven (C1-C7) are cervical (cervix="neck").
 The next 12 are the thoracic vertebrae which articulate with the 12 pairs of ribs.
 The last 5 vertebrae are the lumbar vertebrae.
 Only the cervical vertebrae have three foramina - one vertebral and two transverse foramina.
 Note the bifid spinous process on the vertebra on the left which is characteristic of C2 through C6.
 The vertebra on the right (C7) has a prominent nonbifid spinous process that can be felt at the base of the neck. This last cervical vertebra is also called "vertebra prominens".


Inferior view of two cervical vertebrae...
 
 
 
 
Now continue on with the other vertebrae...
[Vertebral Column HomePage]
 
Atlas (C1)
Superior View

Atlas (C1)
Inferior View

Axis (C2)
Superior View

Axis (C2)
Inferior View

 
 
 
 
Axis (C2)
Lateral View

Thoracic Vertebra
Superior View

Thoracic Vertebra
Inferior View

Thoracic Vertebra
Lateral View

 
 
 
 
Thoracic Vertebra
Posterior View

Lumbar Vertebra
Superior View

Lumbar Vertebra
Inferior View

Lumbar Vertebra
Lateral View

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
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