Healthy spine, side view, coloured magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan. The front of the body is at left. The spine runs from the head (top), where it supports the skull, to the pelvis (not seen). It is made up of blocky bones called vertebrae, which enclose and protect the spinal cord (brown, running right of the vertebrae). The spinal cord is an extension of the brainstem of the brain. The vertebrae are separated by intervertebral discs (brown areas between vertebrae), rubbery pads that cushion the spine against shocks and allow flexibility. MRI scanning uses radio waves and a powerful magnet to image body tissues.
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Science Photo Library
The Science Photo Library provides professionals and individuals with fantastic medical and scientific photographs such as images of dinosaurs, human anatomy, marine life, physics and astronomic subjects. The menu to the right will allow you to refine your photographic search and help you find the perfect scientific picture. When you have you can have it reproduced in a number of ways including on canvas, framed or in large photographic format. You also have the opportunity to create a gift from it where your choices include mugs, t-shirts, key rings, fridge magnets and the like. These options are available on the individual image product pages.