A Method for Articulating and Displaying the Human Spine


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Robert W. Mann, Ph.D.
Deputy Scientific Director
Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command
310 Worchester Avenue
Hickam AFB, HI 96853-5530
E-mail: robert.mann@jpac.pacom.mil


Abstract:  An inexpensive and effective method for articulating a dry human spine is described. By constructing a Styrofoam™ spine tray, analysts can now accurately position and align each vertebra in correct anatomical order, allow for gaps because of missing vertebrae, and lay out the spine for documentation and photography. The spine tray provides analysts with a quick, easy, and professional quality method for aligning and orienting the human spine in the field and laboratory.