The coronal plane is an anatomical vertical plane that divides the body into belly and back sections.

coronal plane in blue
The blue shows the coronal plane.


Coronal or frontal plane

If you stood against a glass door, pressing your nose against the door, and holding your arms out to the side, the glass door would be representing the coronal plane in relation to your body.

frontal plane

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New Viewpoint of Surface Anatomy Using the Curved Sectional Planes of a Male Cadaver. Kwon K, Shin B-S, Chung MS and Sun B. J Korean Med Sci. 2019 Jan 21; 34(3): e15.

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Discussion courtesy of Dr Robert LaPrade as to how an understanding of anatomical planes allows one to interpret knee anatomy.