Lab 7: Thoracic and Abdominal Anatomy
Station 1: Torso heart model
 Remove the anterior surfaces of the lungs to locate the heart. Note the location of the heart
in the thorax.
o What structures / organs are located directly inferiorly to the heart? Right laterally?
Left laterally? Superiorly?
Examine the exterior surface of the heart from all angles. Keep the apex in view while you
rotate the heart to see the spatial relationships between the major vessels and valves.
Identify and describe the functions of the following structures of the heart. Make sure
everyone in your group has a chance to hold the heart and locate the structures. Check off
each structure when you can confidently identify it on the model (turn to page 25 in the
torso guide if you need help). You may also want to check out the extra-large model of the
heart (only one per lab) to see some of these structures in more detail.
o Apex
o Left atrioventricular (bicuspid /
o Coronary sulcus
mitral) valve
o Anterior interventricular sulcus
o Aortic valve
o Posterior interventricular sulcus
o Pulmonary (semilunar) valve
o Interventricular septum
o Superior vena cava
o Interatrial septum
o Inferior vena cava
o Right atrium
o Pulmonary trunk
o Right ventricle
o Pulmonary veins
o Left atrium
o Aorta
o Left ventricle
o Pectinate muscles
o Right atrioventricular (tricuspid)
o Trabeculae carnae
o Papillary muscles
o Chordae tendinae
Answer the following questions about the heart:
o What is the largest vessel that enters or exits the heart?
Which of the above structures are associated only with atria? Only with ventricles?
What valves separate the atria from the ventricles? The vessels from the ventricles?
What is the pathway that blood travels through the heart? Start and end at the
inferior vena cava.
Using the torso model of the heart, identify the following coronary arteries and veins. Rotate
the heart to see how the vessels course around and through the heart.
o Left coronary artery
o Posterior interventricular artery
o Anterior interventricular artery
o Coronary sinus
o Circumflex artery
o Great cardiac vein
o Right coronary artery
o Middle cardiac vein
o Marginal artery
o Small cardiac vein
Answer the following questions about coronary vessels:
o What vessels branch from the left coronary artery? From the right coronary artery?
What sulcus does the great cardiac vein lie in?
Remove all of the abdominal viscera from the human body torso. Examine the pathways
that the major arteries and veins of the neck, thorax and abdomen take, and note how
arteries and veins often travel together. What vessels can you identify? Write them down
Station 2: Sheep heart dissection
 When you first remove your heart from the bag, you will see a lot of fatty tissue surrounding
it. It is usually a waste of time to try to remove this tissue. The packaging and preserving
process can cause the heart to be misshapen. If you are lucky, you will see that the ventral
side of the heart has a couple of key features: 1) a large pulmonary trunk that extends off
the top of it 2) the flaps of the auricles covering the top of the atria. 3) the curve of the
entire front side, whereas the backside is much flatter.
If you find the pulmonary artery, the aorta should be situated a little bit behind it. It may
be covered by fat, so use your fingers to poke around until you find the opening. Push your
finger all the way in and you will feel inside of the left ventricle. The left ventricle has a
very thick wall, unlike the right ventricle. Insert your finger through the pulmonary artery
to feel the outer wall of the right ventricle and you will notice and feel that it is much
thinner than the left side of the heart.
The two major veins that enter the heart can be found on the dorsal side, as both enter the
atria. On the left side, you should be able to find the opening of the pulmonary vein as it
enters the left atrium. The superior vena cava enters the right atrium. In many
preserved hearts, the heart was cut at these points, so you won't see the vessels themselves,
you will just find the openings. Again, use your fingers to feel around the heart to find the
Insert your scalpel into the superior vena cava and make an incision down through the wall
of the right atrium and ventricle, as shown by the dotted line in the external heart picture.
Pull the two sides apart and look for the tricuspid valve between the right atrium and the
right ventricle. The membranes are connected to flaps of muscle called the papillary
muscles by tendons called the chordae tendinae.
Insert your probe into the pulmonary artery and
see it come through to the right ventricle. Make
an incision down through this artery and look
inside it for three small membranous pockets.
These form the pulmonary semilunar valve.
Insert your dissecting scissors or scalpel into the
left auricle at the base of the aorta and make an
incision down through the wall of the left atrium
and ventricle, as shown by the dotted line in the
external heart picture. Locate the mitral /
bicuspid valve between the left atrium and
Insert a probe into the aorta and observe where
it connects to the left ventricle. Make an incision
up through the aorta and examine the inside
carefully for three small membranous pockets.
These form the aortic semilunar valve.
Answer the following questions about the heart:
o Which is thicker, the arteries or veins?
Does the right ventricle have less volume to hold blood compared to the left ventricle?
Hold the heart with the apex toward you and the dorsal surface facing down, and sketch
the locations of the four main arteries in the space below.
Station 3: Major arteries and veins of the body, Human Skeleton
 Using a skeleton, map out the locations of these arteries and veins.
 Test your partner (and other group members) by pointing to different transverse sections
of limbs, torso, and abdomen and describe which arteries and veins are present.
o Ascending aorta
o Aortic arch
o Descending aorta
o Brachiocephalic trunk
o Common carotid arteries
o External carotid arteries
o Internal carotid arteries
o Subclavian arteries
o Axillary artery
o Brachial artery
Ulnar artery
Radial artery
Palmar arches
Thoracic aorta
Celiac trunk
Superior mesenteric artery
Inferior mesenteric artery
Renal artery
Gonadal artery
Common iliac arteries
Internal iliac arteries
External iliac arteries
Femoral artery
Popliteal artery
Anterior tibial artery
Posterior tibial artery
Arcuate artery
Superior vena cava
Inferior vena cava
Brachiocephalic veins
Internal jugular vein
External jugular vein
Dural venous sinuses
Subclavian vein
Axillary vein
Cephalic vein
Brachial vein
Basilic vein
Median cubital vein
Ulnar vein
Radial vein
Dorsal venous network
Hepatic veins
Splenic vein
Hepatic portal vein
Renal vein
Superior mesenteric vein
Inferior mesenteric vein
Common iliac vein
Internal iliac vein
External iliac vein
Femoral vein
Great saphenous vein
Popliteal vein
Posterior tibial vein
Dorsal venous arch
Answer the following questions about systemic arteries and veins:
o What vessels does blood travel through from the left ventricle to the left pinky
What vessels does blood travel through from the right pinky toe to the right atrium?
Station 4: Thoracic and abdomianl organs, Torso
 Replace all of the viscera back into the torso, including the anterior coverings of the lungs.
Examine the exterior portions of the lungs, and then remove them. Examine the interior
portions of the lungs.
Identify and describe the functions of the following structures of the respiratory system.
Check off each structure when you can confidently identify it on the model (turn to page 24
in the torso guide if you need help).
o Trachea
o Inferior pulmonary lobe (right
o Thyroid cartilage
and left)
o Cricoid cartilage
o Middle pulmonary lobe (right)
o Primary bronchus
o Horizontal fissure of right
o Superior pulmonary lobe
(right and left)
o Apex of lung
o Oblique fissure (right and left)
Answer the following questions about the respiratory system:
o Why are there two lobes in the left lung but three lobes in the right lung?
What is the difference between thyroid cartilage and cricoid cartilage?
Abdominopelvic organs and locations
 . Using colored tape, make the four planes that create the nine regions of the anterior
abdominal wall.
 What are the names of the four planes that form these regions?
What are the names of the nine regions?
Consider the following organs. What regions are they located in? (they can be in more than
one region)
o Stomach
o Liver
o Gallbladder
o Transverse colon
o Ascending colon
o Descending colon
o Pancreas
o Sigmoid colon
o Cecum
o Rectum
o Urinary bladder
o Kidney
Digestive system
 Remove colored tape. Examine the anterior aspect of the abdominal wall. What organs can
you identify?
Label the structures of the digestive organs in the abdominopelvic cavity with tape or small
squares of index card. You may need to remove the organs and rotate them to identify all of
the structures. Check off each structure once you have confidently identified it. Use the
Torso Guide Book (pages 1, 14, 26, and 28) if you need assistance.
o Greater curvature
o Lesser curvature
o Jejunum
Parotid gland
o Ileum
Submandibular gland
Sublingual gland
 Large intestine
o Cecum
o Ileocecal valve
o Ascending colon
o Transverse colon
o Cardia
o Descending colon
o Fundus
o Sigmoid colon
o Body
o Rectum
o Pylorus
Greater omentum
o Right lobe
o Left lobe
o Right and left hepatic ducts
o Common hepatic duct
o Common hepatic artery
o Hepatic portal vein
o Hepatic veins
o Cystic duct
o Bile duct
o Pancreatic duct
Show your instructor your labeled torso and digestive organs before moving on.
Answer the following questions about the digestive system:
o What is the order that food travels through the digestive system? Name all organs
(and sub-structures) and valves / sphincters.
What is the function of the villi and microvilli in the small intestine?
What part of the small intestine does the liver, pancreas, and gallbladder deposit
substances into? What is the name of this opening?
Urinary system
 Remove all of the organs so that you can examine the kidneys, ureters, and bladder.
 Identify the structures of the urinary system organs and structures. Check off each structure
once you have confidently identified it. Use the Torso Guide Book (page 1).
o Minor and major calices
o Renal artery
o Renal vein
Fibrous capsule
Renal cortex
 Ureter
Renal medulla
 Bladder
Renal pyramids
o Trigone
Renal columns
Renal pelvis
Answer the following questions about the urinary system:
o What nephron structures are found in the renal cortex? In the renal medulla?
How are the ureters similar and/or different between males and females?
What structures does urine pass through in order to exit the body? Start with the
location of urine production and end where the urine leaves the body.
Station 5: Reproductive system models
 Go to the station that has the models of the male and female reproductive organs.
 Identify the structures of the male and female reproductive system organs and structures.
Check off each structure once you have confidently identified it.
 Male reproductive system
o Penis
 Female reproductive system
 Glans
o Labia majora
 Corpus spongiosum
o Labia minora
 Corpora cavernosa
o Clitoris
o Scrotum
o Vagina
o Testes
o Utrerus
o Seminiferous tubules
o Cervix
o Epididymis
o Cervical canal
o Ductus (vas) deferens
o Uterine (Fallopian) tubes
o Seminal vesicles
 Fimbrae
o Prostate gland
o Ovary
o Ejaculatory duct
Answer the following questions about the reproductive system:
o What male and female reproductive organs are analogous to each other?
What are the functions of fimbrae in the female reproductive system?
If a sperm is to fertilize an egg, what is the path that sperm travels, starting from the
seminiferous tubules and ending at the location of fertilization?
PAL Resources
Be familiar with the following resources in both the cadaver and anatomical models sections for
your next PAL quiz:
Cardiovascular system
Respiratory system
Digestive system
Urinary system
Reproductive system