Right bone vs. Left boneRegister Today!
- by Ciale Sep 6, '09UGH my brain is melting. I've been studying for my anatomy exam like crazy and I still can't wrap my brain around the left bone vs. the right bone. Does anyone have an easy neat tricks to remember the difference?
Specifically: Clavicles, scapulae, tibia, fibula, ulna, radius
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- Sep 6, '09 by athena55Hi:
I realize it has been a while since I was in nursing school....But unsure what you mean regarding right bone vs. left bone?
- Sep 6, '09 by CialeHmm...maybe I didn't word that right. The exam is going to have a bunch of bones around the room and we have to go around and identify them and label their views (anterior, posterior, medial, lateral..) and indentify what sid of the body they're on. ie RIGHT fibula or the LEFT fibula?
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- Sep 27, '09 by jonjon62288RULES FOR LEFT AND RIGHT
- Humerus hold the bone so that the capitulum and trochlea face YOU (anterior)
-if the head faces left it is a left humerus
- Ulna face the trochlear notch away from you (U-shaped process) and look at the olecranon
-ask yourself on what side is the radial notch?
-if it is on the right it is a right ulna
3. Radius orient the bone with the round head UP and the distal end DOWN
-look at bumps at the distal end
-look for the styloid process at the distal end
-if it is on the right side it is a right radius
4. Scapula hold the bone with the spine facing YOU and the apex facing DOWN
-if the acromion faces left it is a left scapula
-NOTE: the corocoid process is spelled with a c and so is scapula
5. Femur - the head must face IN and the lesser trochanter must be on the BACK side of the bone
-so hold the bone so that the head is on top and the trochanters are on the BACK surface of the bone
-if the head faces left it is a left femur
6. Tibia hold the bone so that the intercondylar eminence is towards the top and you are looking at the tibial tuberosity
-if the medial malleolus on the distal end is on the left side it is a left tibia
7. Clavicle a. point the flat sternal end toward the midline
b. the clavicle bulges OUT then IN
c. the conoid tubercle must point DOWN
TELLING THE TYPES OF VERTEBRAE APART
- Cervical three holes, forked spinous process
- Thoracic one hole, long, thin spinous process
- Lumbar one hole, processes are thick and large
- Atlas looks very different, almost like a circle
- Axis look for the dens near the body
Corocoid c in scapula
Coronoid n in ulna (or mandible)
Conoid is the clavicle
hope this helps
- Mar 22, '10 by bluebirdlxjonjon - Thanks for posting, very helpful
- Nov 13, '10 by marydeeyes, thanks! A&P is a tough one!!