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Ampullary cupula, artwork

Ampullary cupula. Computer artwork showing how the ampullary cupula in the human vestibular system of the inner ear senses head rotation (top) and forward motion (bottom). The vestibular system contributes to balance and provides the sense of spatial orientation through sensing head movements and rotation. The cupula contains sensory hair cells (lines) embedded within its lining, and is filled with a fluid known as endolymph. When the head moves the hairs are bent by the movement of the fluid and send corresponding signals through nerve cells (bottom) to the brain. The signals are used to determine the heads position and direction of movement or rotation

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Media ID 9264027

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Balance Canals Cilia Cilium Diagram Diagrams Epithelium Hair Cell Inner Ear Internal Movement Rotation Semicircular Canal Sense Sensory Stereocilia Stereocilium System Ampullae Cells Endolymph Vestibular System


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This artwork from Science Photo Library showcases the intricate beauty of the ampullary cupula in the human vestibular system. With a white background, this computer-generated illustration highlights how this delicate structure plays a vital role in our sense of balance and spatial orientation. At the top, we see how the ampullary cupula senses head rotation, while at the bottom, it detects forward motion. The cupula is lined with sensory hair cells that are embedded within its surface. These hair cells interact with endolymph, a fluid filling the cupula. As our heads move or rotate, these hairs bend due to fluid movement and transmit corresponding signals through nerve cells. The brain then interprets these signals to determine our position and direction of movement or rotation. This complex process allows us to maintain equilibrium and navigate through space seamlessly. Through this detailed diagram, we gain insight into the internal workings of our vestibular system—an essential component of our biological makeup. It reminds us of the intricate structures that exist within our bodies and their remarkable ability to perceive even subtle changes in motion. Science Photo Library's artistic representation not only educates but also captivates viewers by showcasing both scientific accuracy and aesthetic appeal—a true testament to their commitment to providing exceptional visual resources for educational purposes.

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