This table represents cross sections through the abdomen from about T10 level to L5.

In studying cross sections of the body, don't forget to orient yourself to the right and left sides of the body. Remember that you are looking up into the body so the right side of the section is on your left side. This is the same as looking down at a patient in a bed. Their right side is your left.

Another tip is to always look for a familiar object and work out from that (i.e. liver, vertebra, major muscle, etc.).

In this particular cadaver, there is an organ missing. Can you tell what it is? For the answer, hold your cursor over the button below.

right kidney

Abbreviations

AA - abdominal aorta

E-esophagus

IVC-inferior vena cava

SMA-superior mesenteric artery