Many patients need help visualizing key organs and anatomy related to their medical conditions. These urology illustrations were created with the DrawMD app to give you a better understanding of urology. Please contact me at West Shore Urology for more information about your individual medical condition. – Dr. Brian Stork
Kidneys and Ureter
The kidneys are a pair of organs that produce urine. The normal flow of urine is from the kidney, into the renal pelvis, through the ureteropelvic junction (UPJ) and then down the ureter and into the bladder. When a person urinates, the urine is then expelled out the urethra.
Urinary Tract in Women
Urine is produced in the kidneys. The urine then travels down the ureters and is stored in the bladder. When a woman urinates, the urine is expelled out of the urethra. The urethra, in women, is located along the anterior vaginal wall.
Urinary Tract in Men
In men, urine is produced in the kidneys. The urine then travels down the ureters and is stored in the bladder. When a man urinates, the urine travels through the center of the prostate (prostatic urethra) and then is expelled out the penile urethra. The penile urethra runs through the lower portion of the penis.
In addition to being part of the urinary tract, the prostate plays and important role in reproduction. Anatomically, the prostate is located below the bladder, in front of the rectum and behind the public bone.
The testicles are a pair of organs in men that produce testosterone and sperm. Sperm begin their journey in the testicle and are stored in the epididymis. During intercourse, sperm travel up the vas deferens and are deposited into the prostate. Once in the prostate the sperm mix with fluids from the prostate and seminal vesicles. During ejaculation, the semen is forcibly expelled out of the urethra.
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