Regional Anatomy

The kidneys and ureters are located behind the peritoneal cavity (Figure 1) (retroperitoneally), along the spinal column (Figure 2).

Illustration of the cross-section of the body

Cross-section of the Body

  1. Peritoneal cavity
  2. Vertebra
  3. Kidneys
Illustration of the position of the ureters

Position of Ureters in Skeleton

  1. Diaphragm
  2. 12th rib
  3. Kidneys
  4. Ureter
  5. Sacrum
  6. Bladder