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For the planes of a gear, see List of gear nomenclature.
Diagram showing the three major planes of the body.
The 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.
List of clinically relevant anatomical planes
- Transverse thoracic plane
- Xiphosternal plane (a.k.a. xiphosternal junction)
- Transpyloric plane
- Subcostal plane
- Umbilical plane (or transumbilical plane)
- Supracristal plane
- Intertubercular plane (a.k.a. transtubercular plane)
- Interspinous plane
Clinically relevant anatomical planes with associated structures
- The transverse thoracic plane
- The xiphosternal plane (a.k.a. xiphosternal junction)
- The transpyloric plane
- The subcostal plane
- Transverse plane through the inferior border of costal margin;
- Typically located at the superior border of L3, or transects L3;
- The umbilical plane (or transumbilical plane)
- Located at the level of L3/L4 vertebral junction or IV disc;
- The supracristal plane
- The intertubercular plane (a.k.a. Transtubercular plane)
- Located at the level of L5;
- Marks origin of IVC;
- The interspinous plane
- Transverse plane which transverses the anterior superior iliac spines.
- Typically located at the level of S1.