transverse plane (also called the horizontal plane, axial plane, or transaxial plane) is an imaginary plane that divides the body into superior and inferior parts. It is perpendicular to the coronal and sagittal planes.
It is one of the
planes of the body used to describe the location of body parts in relation to each other. The other two commonly used terms are the coronal plane and the sagittal plane.
List of Clinically Relevant Anatomical Planes [ edit ]
Clinically Relevant Anatomical Planes with Associated Structures [ edit ]
Plane through T4 & T5 Vertebral Junction and
Sternal Angle of Louis. Marks the:
Attachment of Rib 2 at the
Arch of Aorta(beginning and end); Upper margin of
SVC; Thoracic Duct crossing;
Pulmonary Trunk Bifurcation;
(aka xiphosternal junction)
Anterior, inferior limit of thoracic cavity;
Superior surface of the liver;
Inferior border of the heart;
Plane located halfway between the jugular notch and the upper border of the symphysis pubis;
Typically located at the lower border of L1;
Cuts through the pylorus and the tips of the ninth costal cartilages;
Transverse plane through the inferior border of costal margin;
Typically located at the superior border of L3, or transects L3;
(or transumbilical plane)
Located at the level of L3/L4 vertebral junction or IV disc;
Located at the level of L4;
Marks bifurcation of Aorta;
Most superior aspect of Iliac Crest;
Transverse plane which transverses the anterior superior iliac spines.
Typically located at the level of S1.
See also [ edit ]