Optic canal

The optic canal is a cylindrical canal running obliquely through the lesser wing of sphenoid bone near the base where it joins the body of sphenoid. It transmits the optic nerve and ophthalmic artery. The optic canal opens into the skull base at the optic foramen.

Head and neck anatomy
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rID: 28257
Section: Anatomy
Tag: pm, refs, cases
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    Figure 1: orbital apex diagram
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    Figure 2: skull base (optic foramen 12th from top)
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