Importance in cardiovascular medicine:
the anterior aspect is the plane in which the heart is viewed during many 2D
imaging modalities or during cardiac surgery after a full sternotomy. The
media display the heart in both the valentine and attitudinally correct
positions either in the body or explanted. The pericardium, a double walled
sac that protects and lubricates the heart, can be seen in some of the media.
when positioned in the attitudinally correct orientation the right atrium
and ventricle can be seen most prominently as they lie in a more anterior
position than the left. The inferior and superior vena cava can be seen
connecting to the right atrium on the left of the image with the right atrial
appendage concealing the root of the aorta in the center of the image. The
pulmonary trunk can be seen to the right of the aorta leading off the top of
the right ventricle to the pulmonary arteries and the auricle of the left
atrial appendage can be seen on the right of the image.