These are images from an early fetus (female, 10 week, 40 mm). This stage of development is after the embryonic period (up to week 8) but still only 2 weeks into early fetal development.
Use the images to observe the relationship between developing reproductive, genital, gastrointestinal, endocrine, neural and skeletal structures.
Section A is the most sagittal (lateral towards right) of all sections, plane B, C and D move towards the midline.
The fetal period is a time of extensive growth in size and mass as well as differentiation of organ systems established in the embryonic period. In particular, the brain continues to grow and develop, the respiratory system differentiates, the urogenital system further differentiates between male/female, endocrine and gastrointestinal tract begins to function.
There are 4 sections taken in the sagittal plane (moving from the right at Plane A towards the midline at Plane D). Click on the small images (or the text below) to open the linked upper Body image pages.
Images of this early fetal stage shows how various systems have now developed from the embryonic period.
As the fetus is female, it also allows identification of specific urogenital structures.
On other linked pages there are extracts of the whole fetus showing details of specific systems/structures.
Please email Dr Mark Hill if you wish to make a comment about this current project.