Learn about your kidneys and how these two bean-shaped organs are important to keep a healthy body. Provided with printable kidney diagrams as your reference, you will learn about the structure of the kidney. This diagram is also available in unlabeled/worksheet version to help you review your knowledge about the kidney anatomy.
The kidneys are organs which present in left and right sides of the body in vertebrates. They are located at the back of the abdominal cavity. It is surrounded by tough fibrous tissue, the renal capsule, which is itself surrounded by perirenal fat, renal fascia, and pararenal fat. Each kidney is attached to a ureter, a tube that carries excreted urine to the bladder. In these kidney diagrams, you’ll see all the parts of kidney’s anatomy to give you better understanding on the functions of the organ.
The renal artery branches off from the lower part of the aorta and provides the blood supply to the kidneys. Renal veins take blood away from the kidneys into the inferior vena cava. Nephrons are the most important part of each kidney which take in blood, metabolize nutrients, and help pass out waste products from filtered blood. Meanwhile, the renal cortex is the outer part of the kidney which is surrounded on its outer edges by the renal capsule, a layer of fatty tissue. Together, the renal cortex and capsule house and protect the inner structures of the kidney.
From the diagrams above, you can learn many important parts in kidney anatomy as well as their functions. The unlabeled diagrams are purposed for evaluation and review. You can save and print all of the sheets by clicking on the image of the diagram!