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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

What is the "Cervical Spine" (Neck Vertebrae)? Shown and Explained with Color MRI and Color X-Ray Images

The "Cervical Spine" is a medical term used for the part of our neck which includes the Neck Vertebrae, Neck Joints, Spinal Cord, Spinal Nerves, Ligaments, Muscles, Tendons and Blood Vessels. The Trachea (windpipe), Esophagus (swallowing tube) and the large Neck Arteries (carotid) are examples of our neck anatomy which are not part of the Cervical Spine.

Let's take a quick look at some of the Anatomical Structures of the Cervical Spine on a Color MRI Image. This Image is Interactive. As you move your mouse cursor over the Image, Image Tags appear. Each tag displays text to explain a different part of the Anatomy:

Color Brain and Cervical Spine showing Normal Anatomy
Interactive Color MRI of the Cervical Spine and Brain 

The MRI above can show some of the softer, less dense Anatomical Structures which X-Rays cannot show. However X-Ray Images can show the Bone Anatomy of our Cervical Spine very well. This next Color X-Ray Image is also Interactive and explains the most important parts of our Bone Structure.

Cervical Spine Color X-Ray Anatomy
Interactive Color X-Ray of the Cervical Spine

The Cervical Spine has 7 Vertebrae, numbered from the top down as C-1 through C-7. This next Color X-Ray Image shows you the numbering of the Cervical Vertebrae. The C-1 Vertebra differs from the others. It is essentially a ring on which our Skull rests.


The function of our Cervical Spine is to hold up and support our Head and to allow the Head to move. Since the Spinal Cord travels within the Vertebrae of our Cervical Spine, it also has to protect the Spinal Cord and prevent too much motion which could injure it. This is a fine balance between enough motion and too much motion.

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