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Laboratory 2. Vertebral Canal and Spinal Cord
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The muscles of the back that attach to the spinous and transverse processes of the vertebrae will be removed to expose the laminae of the vertebrae. A laminectomy will be performed (C3 to L5 levels) to expose the spinal cord and its coverings. Starting at the C3 level will preserve the dissection of the suboccipital triangle (Laboratory One).