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Laboratory 31. Pharynx
Step 4. The Atlas and Axis

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With the head and soft tissues of the neck reflected anteriorly, examine the superior aspect of the disarticulated atlantooccipital joint. Identify the odontoid process (dens) of the axis and the superior articular facet of the atlas which contacts the articular surface of the occipital condyle.

Links and References:
Grant's: 4.61, 4.62
Netter: 15, 16