Helpful mnemonics to remember the branches of the subclavian artery include:
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V: vertebral artery
Subclavian artery stenosis (SAS) refers to narrowing of one or both of the subclavian arteries.
The estimated in the general population as a whole is thought to be around 2-4%, while in those with peripheral vascular disease, it can be as high as 18% 1,4.
It can arise ...
Subclavian steal syndrome (SSS) and subclavian steal phenomenon both result from occlusion or severe stenosis of the proximal subclavian artery resulting in retrograde flow in the ipsilateral vertebral artery.
Subclavian steal phenomenon refers to steno-occlusive disease of the pro...
The subclavian vein (SCV) is the major venous channel that drains the upper limb.
Origin and course
The subclavian vein starts at the crossing of the lateral border of the 1st rib. It then arches cephalad, posterior to the medial clavicle before curving caudally and receiving it...
Subclavian vein stenosis refers to a narrowing of the subclavian vein.
Presentation can be variable ranging from being asymptomatic to having arm swelling, arm pain, paresthaesia, neck pain and occipital headaches.
Subclavian vein stenosis can arise from numbe...
The subcostal arteries are bilateral small arteries that arise of the distal descending aorta which courses laterally beneath the 12th rib. They are the last
The subcostal arteries are analogous to the posterior intercostal arteries, instead in the subcostal space rather than an...
The subscapular artery is the largest branch of the axillary artery.
The subscapular artery originates from the medial surface of the third part of the axillary artery. It passes along the inferior border of the subscapularis muscle and it divides into two branches 1,2:
The Sudeck point (or Sudeck critical point) refers to a specific location in the arterial supply of the rectosigmoid junction, namely the origin of the last sigmoid arterial branch from the inferior mesenteric artery (IMA) 1.
This arterial branch usually forms an anstomosis with a branch of th...
Sulcal arteries are penetrating branches from the anterior spinal artery and extend posteriorly through the anterior median fissure of the spinal cord. The sulcal arteries supply the anterior two-thirds of the spinal cord at any cross-sectional level.
Successive sulcal arteries generally altern...
Sulcal artery syndrome is a rare cause of spinal cord infarction involving the territory of one of the sulcal arteries, which are penetrating branches of the anterior spinal artery, each vessel supplying either left or right side of the cord, but not both. The result is an incomplete Brown-Séqua...
The superficial femoral artery is a continuation of the common femoral artery at the point where the profunda femoris branches. It is the main artery of the lower limb and is, therefore, critical in the supply of oxygenated blood to the leg.
origin: continuation of the common femoral a...
The superficial middle cerebral vein (SMCV) (also known as the Sylvian vein) is one of the superficial cerebral veins. It usually passes along the Sylvian fissure posteroanteriorly, it collects numerous small tubutaries which drain the opercular areas around the lateral sulcus. It curves anterio...
The superficial palmar branch of the radial artery (also known as the palmar cutaneous branch) is a small branch of the radial artery in the distal forearm. It arises from the radial artery just proximal to the flexor retinaculum, which it passes superficially over before entering the hand to su...
The superficial temporal artery is one of two terminal branches of the external carotid artery. It arises in the parotid gland and runs between the deep and superficial lobes, over the zygomatic process before terminating in three branches - parietal, frontal and transverse facial - to supply pa...
The superficial temporal vein arises in a plexus on the side and vertex of the skull and, in the substance of the parotid gland, joins with the maxillary vein to form the retromandibular vein.
The superficial temporal vein originates from a venous plexus on the side and vertex of...
Superficial thrombophlebitis, also called superficial venous thrombosis (SVT), is a pathological condition characterized by the presence of a thrombus in the lumen of a superficial vein, accompanied by inflammatory reaction of adjacent tissues.
Some authors however reserve the term...
Superficial veins of the brain predominantly drain the cerebral cortex, and include:
superior cerebral veins (or superficial cerebral veins)
inferior cerebral veins
superficial middle cerebral veins
superior anastomotic vein (of Trolard)
inferior anastomotic vein (of Labbe)
Some also inclu...
The superior adrenal (suprarenal) arteries area a group of one of the three adrenal arteries that supply the adrenal gland. There are usually numerous small arteries arising from the inferior phrenic artery.
The superior suprarenal arteries arise from the inferior phrenic...
The superior anastomotic vein (or vein of Trolard) connects the superior sagittal sinus and the superficial middle cerebral vein (of Sylvius).
Its size is dictated by the relative size of the superficial middle cerebral vein and the anastomotic vein of Labbé. The vein of Trolard is smaller than...
The superior cerebellar artery (SCA) arises from the distal basilar artery, just below the posterior cerebral artery (PCA) and typically supplies:
whole superior surface of the cerebellar hemispheres down to the great horizontal fissure
most of the cerebellar ...
Superior cerebellar artery infarcts affect the superior cerebellar hemispheres, cerebellar vermis and parts of the midbrain. The superior cerebellar artery is the most constantly identified vessel arising from the basilar artery with its origin just below the posterior cerebral artery in the dis...
The superior cerebral veins drain the superior portion of the cerebral cortex. They run up and medially before draining into the superior sagittal sinus. In a proportion of patients, a large such vein connects the superficial middle cerebral vein to the sinus, and is known as the superior anasto...
The superior epigastric artery is one of two terminal branches of the internal thoracic artery with the other being the musculophrenic artery.
Origin and course
The superior epigastric artery originates at the level of the sixth or seventh costal cartilage. It descends to the a...
The superior gluteal artery is the largest branch of the internal iliac artery and supplies structures within the pelvis and gluteal region.
origin: from the posterior division of the internal iliac artery
location: originates from pelvis and enters the gluteal region
The superior hypophyseal artery (or arteries) is a branch from the C6 segment of the internal carotid artery. It is usually a single trunk which then divides into many small branches, which go on to supply:
pituitary gland (anterior gland)
It is ofte...
The superior laryngeal artery accompanies the internal laryngeal branch of the superior laryngeal nerve, beneath the thyrohyoid muscle.
It pierces the thyrohyoid membrane, and supplies the muscles, mucous membrane, and glands of the larynx, anastomosing with the branch from the opposite side.
Superior mediastinum is an artificially divided wedge-shaped compartment of the mediastinum located between the thoracic plane inferiorly and the thoracic inlet superiorly. The inferior mediastinum, comprising of the anterior, middle and posterior parts, lies inferiorly.
Superior mesentertic arterial (SMA) dissection is an uncommon type of arterial dissection. It can either on its own (rarer) or occur as part of an extension of an aortic dissection.
A spontaneous dissection of the superior mesenteric artery (SMA) is considered the most frequently reported type...
The superior mesenteric artery (SMA) is one of the three non-paired major visceral arteries in the abdominal cavity arising from the abdominal aorta and supplying the midgut.
Single vessel arising anteriorly from the abdominal aorta at the level of L1, usually just below ...
There are two distinct vascular compression disorders due to compression of another structure by the superior mesenteric artery. The terminology is sometimes confusing and they can occur in association.
superior mesenteric artery syndrome (Wilkie syndrome): compression of the third part of th...
Superior mesenteric artery (SMA) syndrome, also known as Wilkie syndrome, is a rare acquired vascular compression disorder in which acute angulation of superior mesenteric artery (SMA) results in compression of the third part of the duodenum leading to obstruction.
It should not be confused wit...
The superior mesenteric vein (SMV) accompanies the superior mesenteric artery (SMA) and drains the midgut to the portal venous system.
Origin and course
Mesenteric venous arcades, which accompany the arteries, unite to form the jejunal and ileal veins in the small bowel mesenter...
The superior ophthalmic vein is a prominent vein of the orbit that is seen on CT and may be enlarged or tortuous in various disease entities.
The vein forms at the confluence of several veins within the superior orbit above the medial palpebral ligament: the angular, supratrochle...
The superior pancreaticoduodenal artery is a branch of gastroduodenal artery that supplies the duodenum and pancreas.
Superior pancreaticoduodenal artery arises after branching off from gastroduodenal artery. It divides into anterior and posterior divisions which supply the pylor...
The superior petrosal sinus is one of the dural venous sinuses and drains the cavernous sinus, posterolaterally to the transverse sinus. It runs along superior aspect of the petrous temporal bone. It receives:
inferior cerebral veins
labyrinthine vein: draining the inner ear ...
The superior phrenic arteries are small branches arising either side from the lower part of the thoracic aorta just before it passes through the aortic hiatus. They anastamose with the pericardiophrenic and musculophrenic arteries to supply the superior surface of the diaphragm.
The superior rectal artery is an artery that supplies bloods to the rectum down to the level of the levator ani 2.
origin: the terminal branch of the inferior mesenteric artery is the superior rectal artery
course: descends into the pelvic cavity in the sigmoid mesocolon, crossing the...
The superior sagittal sinus is the largest dural venous sinus. As the name suggests, it runs in a sagittal plane from the anterior aspect of the falx cerebri to its termination at the confluence of sinuses at the occipital protuberance, where it usually proceeds rightward and into the right tran...
The superior thoracic aperture, also known as the thoracic inlet or outlet, connects the root of the neck with the thorax.
The superior thoracic aperture is kidney-shaped and lies in an oblique transverse plane, tilted anteroinferiorly to posterosuperiorly.
The superior thoracic artery is the only branch of the first part of the axillary artery. It is only a small and highly variable artery.
Origin and course
The superior thoracic artery originates from the first part of the axillary artery, just inferior to subclavius. It courses...
The superior thyroid artery is a branch of the external carotid artery and supplies the larynx and thyroid gland.
origin: branch of the external carotid artery at the level of the hyoid bone
superior laryngeal artery
The superior ulnar collateral artery is a vessel arising from the brachial artery at the middle part of the arm.
origin: branch of the brachial artery at the middle part of the arm
location: medial lower arm
supply: elbow joint
main branches: posterior ulnar recurrent artery (anasta...
The superior vena cava (SVC) is a large valveless venous channel formed by the union of the brachiocephalic veins. It receives blood from the upper half of the body (except the heart) and returns it to the right atrium.
The SVC begins behind the lower border of the first right co...
Superior vena caval (SVC) duplication is the most common form of a left-sided SVC, where the normal right-sided SVC remains. The right SVC, however, can be smaller in approximately two-thirds of such cases 3.
Results from failure of the embryonic left anterior cardiac vein to regress...
Superior vena cava (SVC) obstruction can occur from extrinsic compression, intrinsic stenosis or thrombosis. Malignancies are the main cause and are considered an oncologic emergency. Superior vena cava syndrome (SVCS) refers to the clinical syndrome with symptoms that results from this obstruct...
SVC obstruction can cause SVC syndrome which is the most common condition affecting this vessel. It can be secondary to an extrinsic compression or intraluminal thrombosis/stenosis. Collateral pathways, with the azygos vein being the most important collateral vessel, form in response to severe n...
The superior vesical artery is a branch of the anterior division of the internal iliac artery. It supplies part of the bladder, ureter, seminal vesicle and ductus deferens.
origin: anterior division of internal iliac artery
supply: superior bladder, ureter, ductus de...
The supraorbital artery is a branch of the ophthalmic artery supplying part of the orbit and face.
The supraorbital artery originates from the ophthalmic artery, upon branching it lies medial to the optic nerve.
The supraorbital artery courses superiorly and med...
The suprascapular artery is 1 of the 4 branches of the thyrocervical trunk (off the first part of the subclavian artery).
It traverses inferiorly and laterally in the lower anterior neck superficial to the anterior scalene muscle and phrenic nerve before crossing the third part of the subclavia...
The supratrochlear artery, also known as the frontal artery, originates from the ophthalmic artery as one of its terminal branches.
After arising from the ophthalmic artery, it pierces the orbital septum and courses in the superior and medial aspect of the orbit, medial to the su...
The supreme intercostal arteries, or superior intercostal arteries, are formed as a direct result of the embryological development of the intersegmental arteries. These arteries are paired structures of the upper thorax which normally form to provide blood flow to the first and second intercosta...
The staging system for moyamoya disease first described by Suzuki and Takaku in their seminal 1969 article1 is still in use today. Formally, the staging refers to findings on conventional angiography, although there are efforts to apply similar systems to MR angiography.2
Suzuki stage appears t...
von Hippel-Lindau disease
Syphilitic aortitis is a form of aortitis which occurs due to syphilis. It usually occurs in tertiary syphilis often 10-30 years after initial infection.
progression into a luetic aneurysm
aortic valvular insufficiency
coronary ostial involvement with coronary ostial stenosis
Systemic hypertension is defined medically as a blood pressure greater than 140/90 mmHg.
essential hypertension: idiopathic (95%)
secondary hypertension: underlying cause identified (5%)
Causes of secondary hypertension:
chronic renal failure...
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a complex autoimmune disease with multisystem involvement. It is also sometimes classified as a vasculitis.
There is an overall increased female predilection. In adults, women are affected 9-13 times more than males. In children, this ratio i...
Central nervous system manifestations of systemic lupus erythematosus (CNS lupus) describe a wide variety of neuropsychiatric manifestations that are secondary to systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) in the central nervous system (CNS).
For a general discussion, and for links to other system spec...
Takayasu arteritis (TA), also known as idiopathic medial aortopathy or pulseless disease, is a granulomatous large vessel vasculitis that predominantly affects the aorta and its major branches. It may also affect the pulmonary arteries. The exact cause is not well known but the pathology is thou...
The Takeuchi procedure refers to a direct anastomosis of the anomalous left coronary artery from the pulmonary artery directly to the aorta was described in the 1970s and currently remains the procedure of choice.
An intrapulmonary aortocoronary tunnel or baffle was performed by Takeuchi prior ...
A tangential calcium sign is a sign seen with an aortic aneurysm rupture. The calcified intimal rim is discontinuous and is seen to tangentially point away from the aneurysmal lumen. This sign is seen at the point of breach. There is associated retroperitoneal leakage.
Tardus parvus refers to a pattern of Doppler ultrasound spectral waveform resulting from arterial stenosis. The phenomenon is observed downstream to the site of stenosis, and is due to reduced magnitude of blood flow through the narrowed vessel during ventricular systole 7.
This characteristic ...
Tear drop sign of the superior mesenteric vein (SMV) is one of the important signs in the local staging of pancreatic adenocarcinoma. Its importance lies in its diagnostic, as well as prognostic, significance. This sign is used in assessing the resectability of pancreatic cancer.
The tela choroidea is the thin, highly vascularised, loose connective tissue portion of pia mater that gives rise to the choroid plexus. Thus, it is basically the lamina propria of the ependyma and lies directly adherent to it, without any tissue in between the two 6.
Being part ...
A telangiectasia commonly refers to a group of abnormally prominent capillaries that occur close a mucosal surface. Rarely they are also referred to denote vascular malformations at other non mucosal sites (e.g capillary telangiectasiae of the brain 1)
There are numerous condition...
Temporal tap manoeuvre consists in tapping over the ipsilateral superficial temporal artery while assessing the carotid bifurcation on Doppler ultrasound aiming to produce a reflected flow in the external carotid artery (ECA) and thus helping to distinguish which vessel is being assessed: extern...
The temporopolar artery is usually a dorsolateral branch from the M1 segment of the middle cerebral artery (MCA) and supplies the polar and anterolateral portions of the temporal lobe.
This artery may arise as a branch from the anterior temporal artery 1.
The tentorial angle is measured between a line connecting the nasion with the tuberculum sellae and the the angle of the straight sinus. Normally it should measure between 27° and 52°.
Abnormalities of the posterior fossa / base of skull can alter this. For example this angle is elevated in ach...
Terson syndrome refers to vitreous haemorrhage associated with subarachnoid haemorrhage, however some authors include retinal haemorrhage as well. The syndrome is a poor prognostic marker in patients with subarachnoid haemorrhage.
Terson syndrome has been reported to occur in 13-5...
The testicular arteries (also known as the spermatic arteries) are the long, small-diameter gonadal arteries in the male that supply the testis alongside the cremasteric artery and the artery to the ductus deferens.
As paired structures they arise symmetrically, slightly...
Thalamostriate veins are formed by the joining of anterior caudate vein and the vein of stria terminalis. They join the septal veins and form internal cerebral veins.
The thalamostriate veins can be compressed in preterm neonates who have had germinal matrix haemorrhage. This...
Thoracic anatomy encompasses the anatomy of all structures of the thoracic cavity.
This anatomy section promotes the use of the Terminologia Anatomica, the global standard for correct gross anatomical nomenclature.
The thoracic aorta is the most superior division of the aorta and is divided into three sections:
The thoracic aorta begins at the aortic valve, located obliquely just to the left of the midline at the level of the the third intercostal space. It ...
Thoracic aortic aneurysms are relatively uncommon compared to abdominal aortic aneurysms. There is a wide range of causes, and the ascending aorta is most commonly affected. CTA and MRA are the modalities of choice to image this condition.
The term aneurysm is used when the axial d...
There are a number of causes and mimics of thoracic aortic dilatation.
post-stenotic dilatation, e.g. bicuspid aortic valve
thoracic aortic aneurysm
atherosclerosis (usually descending thoracic aorta)
Thoracic aortic injury is the most common type of traumatic aortic injury and is a critical life-threatening, and often life ending event.
Approximately 80% of patients with thoracic aortic injury die at the scene of the trauma. In those who make it to hospital, clinical...
The differential for thoracic aortic stenosis includes:
aortitis (especially Takayasu arteritis)
Williams syndrome: supravalvular aortic stenosis
congenital rubella syndrome: supravalvular aortic stenosis
The thoracic duct is the main lymphatic channel for the return of chyle to the venous system. It drains lymph from both lower limbs, abdomen (except the convex area of the liver), left hemithorax, left upper limb and left face and neck.
The thoracic duct is the superior continua...
Thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS) refers to a group of clinical syndromes caused by congenital or acquired compression of the brachial plexus or subclavian vessels as they pass through the superior thoracic aperture.
Clinical presentation will depend on the structure compre...
A handy mnemonic to remember the structures found at the level of the thoracic plane (also known as the plane of Ludwig) is:
C: cardiac plexus
L: ligamentum arteriosum
A: aortic arch (inner concavity)
P: pulmonary trunk
T: tracheal bifurcation (carin...
The thoracoacromial artery is a vessel arising from the axillary artery at the axilla.
origin: first branch of the second part of the axillary artery 1
supply: pectoralis major and minor, anterior part of the deltoid, and dermal sensation overlying the clavipectoral ...
A useful mnemonic to remember the branches of the thoracoacromial artery is:
The threads and streaks sign refers to an angiographic appearance of a vascularised tumour thrombus extending into the ipsilateral renal vein or the inferior vena cava from a renal cell carcinoma. This gives an appearance of linear, thread-like or string-like appearance of the involved vessel.
The thrombolysis in cerebral infarction (TICI) grading system was described in 2003 by Higashida et al. 1 as a tool for determining the response of thrombolytic therapy for ischaemic stroke. In neurointerventional radiology it is commonly used for patients post endovascular revascularisation. Li...
Thrombus fissuration is a sign of impending rupture of an aortic aneurysm. It reflects blood dissecting into the intramural thrombus. This sign is observed on contrast-enhanced CT as linear contrast infiltrations from the aneurysm lumen through the intramural thrombus. Thrombus fissurations exte...
The thyrocervical trunk is one of the 3 branches of the first part of the subclavian artery and gives off numerous branches to supply viscera of the neck, the brachial plexus, neck muscles and the scapular anastomosis.
The trunk arises lateral to the vertebral artery from the anterosuperior wal...
The thyroidea ima artery is an uncommon variant of the blood supply to the inferior aspect of the thyroid gland. It is reported in ~7.5% (range 1.5-12.2%) of individuals and can arise from:
right common carotid artery
internal thoracic artery
The thyroidea ...
The tibioperoneal or TP trunk, which occasionally referred to as the tibiofibular trunk is the direct continuation of the popliteal artery in the posterior upper leg after the anterior tibial artery origin. It is a short trunk that bifurcates into two terminal branches.
Time of flight angiography (TOF) is an MRI technique to visualize flow within vessels, without the need to administer contrast. It is based on the phenomenon of flow-related enhancement of spins entering into an imaging slice. As a result of being unsaturated, these spins give more signal that s...
TIPS evaluation is useful to ensure that the shunt is working properly and that no stenosis has occurred within the stent. Ultrasound is often used as a first-line modality.
The normal TIPS should show colour Doppler flow throughout its length. The in-stent ve...
Top of the basilar syndrome, also known as rostral brainstem infarction, occurs when there is thromboembolic occlusion of the top of the basilar artery. This results in bilateral thalamic ischaemia due to occlusion of perforator vessels.
Clinically, top of the basilar syn...
Transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS) is a treatment for portal hypertension in which direct communication is formed between a hepatic vein and a branch of the portal vein, thus allowing some proportion of portal flow to bypass the liver. The target portosystemic gradient after TI...
Transposition of inferior vena-cava (also known as left sided IVC) refers to a variant course of the inferior vena cava. It is the most common anomaly of IVC and occurs due to persistence of left supracardinal vein.
Diagnosis of left sided IVC is important for
planning of vascular procedures l...
Transposition of the great arteries (TGA) is the most common cyanotic congenital cardiac anomaly with cyanosis in the first 24 hours of life. It accounts for up to 7% of all congenital cardiac anomalies 1 and can be assessed with echocardiography, gated cardiac CT, or cardiac MRI.