Angiographic Anatomy of the Upper and Lower Extremities

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Multimedia, Tutorial 9129 1 April 4, 2012


This interactive tutorial serves as an introduction to normal vascular anatomy of the extremities for preclinical medical students. It is composed of high-quality digital subtraction angiography and surface-rendered CT images containing comprehensive labeling of blood vessels. Image resolution exceeds that found in many more conventional learning resources such as textbooks, dissectors, and atlases. Images were digitized and converted into Macromedia Flash to stimulate self-directed learning by integrating introductory angiography into a structured format that is readily accessible for local and distance learning. Active learning was achieved by providing learners with opportunities for repetition and self-assessment through immediate feedback and quizzes on labeled structures. The tutorial is best used in conjunction with radiology/anatomy lectures and labs to reinforce the didactic and practical (dissection) experiences for learners enrolled in human anatomy courses. Convenient access also is available to learners reviewing for clinical certification and licensure examinations or to patients conferring with practitioners about their own vascular disorders.


Klinkhachorn P, Reilly F, Tallaksen R, Stoltzfus P, Sloan D, Hamilton F, Klinkhachorn P. Angiographic Anatomy of the Upper and Lower Extremities. MedEdPORTAL; 2012. Available from:

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Educational Objectives

  1. To learn the normal patterns of vascular anatomy of the upper and lower extremities.
  2. To create opportunities for learner self-assessment through repetition, immediate feedback, and quizzes.


  • Instruction, Computer-assisted (MeSH), Clinical Competence (MeSH), Angiography (MeSH)


  • Medical
    • Diagnostic Radiology
    • Vascular & Interventional Radiology

Competencies Addressed

  • Medical
    • Medical Knowledge
    • Patient Care
    • Practice-based Learning & Improvement

Academic Focus

  • Basic Sciences
    • Gross Anatomy

Professional Interest

  • Health Education
  • Instructional Materials/Methods

Organ Systems

  • Cardiovascular system

Intended Audience

  • Professional School
    • Allied Health Student
    • Dental Student
    • Medical Student

Instructional Methods

  • Assessment
  • Independent Study

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