Coloured X-ray of a human knee joint

Coloured X-ray of a human knee joint

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Caption: Knee joint. Coloured X-ray of a healthy human knee joint seen from the side. The bones are blurred to depict movement. The large femur (thigh-bone, top) articulates with the tibia (shin-bone, bottom) at the knee to form the knee joint. Next to the tibia is the smaller fibula bone (bottom left). The patella or kneecap (blurred, centre right) is a protective bone at the front of the knee held in position by muscles and tendons. Two discs of protective cartilage (not seen) cover the surfaces of the femur and tibia to reduce friction between these bones. This joint, the largest in the body, allows a backward-forward hinge movement with slight rotation.

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Keywords: anatomy, bone, bones, femur, fibula, human body, joint, knee, knee joint, kneecap, normal, patella, skeleton, tibia, x-ray, xray

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