2019 AMI Online Salon

Major and Common Branches of the Anterior Cerebral Artery (ACA)

Project Details

  • Entrant Name: Vondel Mahon
  • Membership Type: Student Submission    
  • Address: Baltimor, MD
  • Client: Lydia Gregg, Philippe Gailloud, David Nauen, Ari Blitz, and Carlos Pardo
  • Medium/software used: Graphite, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator
  • Final presentation format: Figure in Neurosurgical textbook
  • Primary Audience: Medical Students

Project Description

Normal Neuroanatomy, like most anatomy, is riddled with structural variations; some extreme, while others are subtle. Thus, it is critical to depict an average representation of the anatomy when producing didactic illustrations. The challenge of this piece was to show the typical anatomy of the ACA and its branches. To produce this piece, substantial research was conducted on brain anatomy and comparative studies of brain specimens. In addition, comparative data on the location and spatial orientation of each vessel was used. The focus of the illustration is the ACA and its branches. The illustration shows the origin of the ACA; the typical pattern of branching; it highlights gyri, sulci, and nerves that specific branches are known to be associated with; and, it highlights reliable landmarks of the brain. An anterior-inferior oblique view was chosen to allow the origin of the ACA to be seen clearly, in context with the Internal Carotid arteries, and the adjacent brain anatomy.