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Head and neck anatomy

Head and neck anatomy is important when considering pathology affecting the same area. In radiology, the 'head and neck' refers to all the anatomical structures in this region excluding the central nervous system, that is, the brain and spinal cord and their associated vascular structures and encasing membranes i.e. the meninges. Many pathologies are confined to a particular area of the head and neck making separation of this section of the human body exceptionally useful.

This anatomy section promotes the use of the Terminologia Anatomica, the international standard of anatomical nomenclature. 

The deep anatomy is separated by fascial planes into seven deep compartments of the head and neck:

Many of the disease states that affect the deep structures of the head and neck are confined to one compartment. However, there are some diseases that are considered trans-spatial diseases.

There are several triangles of the neck that are more surgically focused, first described from early dissection-based anatomical studies which predated cross-sectional anatomical description based on imaging:

Anatomy: Head and neck

Anatomy: Head and neck

Anatomy: General
Anatomy: Radiological

The anatomy section is organized into seven expandable chapters based on regional body systems:

Article information

rID: 10462
Section: Anatomy
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Anatomy of the head and neck

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Cases and figures

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