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Re: About the angle of view
Matthew Troutman wrote:
> Do not forget that this is replaced, in Baumel et al. terminology and I
> think standard veterinary terminology, by cranial and caudal.
> Anterior and posterior are based mostly on human anatomy, e.g. upright
> mammals, so what follows for humans does not follow for most vertebrates.
> Hence, cranial and caudal replace anterior and posterior.
Matthew, please pardon the nitpicking. This terminology can be quite
confusing. In humans anterior and posterior would be the equivalent of
ventral and dorsal, respectively. Towards the belly-button would be
ventrally (or anteriorly), towards the spine would be dorsally (or
posteriorly). If you ever get a chest x-ray, on the order sheet you may see
the abbreviation: "CXR, PA and LAT." This means the ordering physican wants
two chest x-rays, a posterior-anterior view and a lateral view. Cranial and
caudal refer to the head (superior) and tail (inferior) regions of the torso,
respectively. --Ken Clay, M.D.