Bassett Collection of Stereoscopic Images of Human Anatomy

Posterior cervical region and suboccipital muscles dissected from behind

Suboccipital muscles; semispinalis cervicis muscle; nerve supply to semispinalis capitis muscle

Image #216-5

KEYWORDS: Cervical region, Muscles and tendons, Vertebral column.

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Posterior cervical region and suboccipital muscles dissected from behind
Suboccipital muscles; semispinalis cervicis muscle; nerve supply to semispinalis capitis muscle
The semispinalis capitis muscle has been reflected laterally. Dense fibrous connective tissue and fat have been removed from beneath the muscle.
1 . Area of insertion of semispinalis capitis muscle (cut across)
2 . Insertion of splenius capitis muscle (cut across)
3 . Occipital artery
4 . Superior oblique capitis muscle
5 . Muscular branch occipital artery
6 . Semispinalis capitis muscle (reflected laterally)
7 . Greater occipital nerve (reflected with above muscle)
8 . Dorsal branch cervical nerve II (note muscular branches)
9 . Upper pointer: Dorsal branch cervical nerve III (note muscular branches) Lower pointer: Third occipital nerve (reflected with muscle)
10 . Muscular branch of dorsal branch cervical nerve IV
11 . Dorsal cutaneous branch cervical nerve IV
12 . Tendon of origin of semispinalis capitis muscle (from transverse process of vertebra Th. II)
13 . Upper pointer: External intercostal muscle Lower pointer: Rib II
14 . Minor posterior rectus capitis muscle
15 . Muscular branch of suboccipital nerve
16 . Major posterior rectus capitis muscle
17 . Nuchal ligament
18 . Inferior oblique muscle
19 . Spinous process axis
20 . Posterior external vertebral venous plexus
21 . Interspinales cervices muscles
22 . Semispinalis cervicis muscle
23 . Spinous process vertebra C. VI
24 . Trapezius muscle
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