Cervical Vertebrae

Features of typical cervical vertebrae C3-C6 and of C7

Cervical C1 Atlas

The atlas is the first cervical vertebra. It is a ring of bone and is very different from a ‘typical’ vertebra, with specific anatomical features shown below.

C1 atlas

Features of atlas C1

Transverse Atlantal Ligament

The transverse atlantal ligament stretches across the ring of the atlas and divides the vertebral foramen into two unequal parts. The smaller, anterior part receives the odontoid process of the axis; the posterior part transmits the spinal cord and its membranes.

Cervical C2 Axis

C2 atlas
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