The bowel - image description

The diagram shows a person facing the viewer. It shows the stomach, small bowel, large bowel and anus. When we describe the image, we use right and left to describe the actual location of these organs in the body, not the mirror image a viewer can see. The stomach is just below the chest in the upper tummy area. The bottom of the stomach connects to a long, narrow tube called the small bowel. The join is called the duodenum. The small bowel is looped and folded in the abdomen. This part of the small bowel is called the jejunum. The small bowel ends at the lower right of the abdomen where it joins to a wider tube, the large bowel. The join is called the ileum. The first part of the large bowel is the colon. It goes up the right side of the abdomen, then across the top and down the left side. It then turns to the right before turning down and becoming the rectum. At the end of the rectum the tube narrows to form the anus, which opens to the outside of the body.