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Orientation: The Planes of the Brain

In this video, Suzanne Stensaas, PhD, from the  Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy at the University of Utah, explains some basic neuroanatomy.

Terms such as anterior, posterior, inferior and superior are introduced with respect to the hemispheres as well as the brain stem. Terms such as rostral and caudal or dorsal and ventral can mean different things in different areas. Sections in three planes (frontal, axial, and sagittal) are demonstrated on gross specimens along with key features including the ventricular system.

Orientation Diagram

Orientation to Planes of the Brain

Stephen C. Voron, MD, Associate Professor, Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy, School of Medicine, University of Utah


Department of Pathology, School of Medicine, University of Utah

Produced by

Derek Cowan & Suzanne Stansaas, PhD

Copyright 2015, Suzanne Stansaas, PhD, Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy, University of Utah