Spinal canal

Picture of the spinal canal

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The spine (backbone) is a column of bones (vertebrae) stacked on top of one another. Each vertebra has a hole in its center. The spinal canal is the opening in the vertebrae through which the spinal cord runs.

Last Updated: February 17, 2010

Author: Shannon Erstad, MBA/MPH

Medical Review: William M. Green, MD - Emergency Medicine & Robert B. Keller, MD - Orthopedics

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