Chapter 3. Directional Terms, Anatomic Planes, Regions, and Quadrants. Purpose of Directional Terms, . directional terms: used to describe the relative position of one part of the body to another. Anatomic Position.
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Directional Terms, Anatomic Planes, Regions, and Quadrants
directional terms: used to describe the relative position of one part of the body to another
Body is viewed as erect, arms at the side with palms of the hands facing forward, and feet placed side by side. Whether the patient is standing or lying down face up, the directional terms are the same.
anatomic planes: used to describe the location of internal organs and structures
sagittal: vertical field running through the body from front to back—divides body into uneven right and left halves
transverse: horizontal field dividing the body into upper and lower portions
(right & left)epigastric
lumbar (right & left)
iliac (right & left)