Saturday, May 7, 2011

Brachiocephalic Artery

The brachiocephalic artery is a short branch that comes off the aortic arch of the aorta. It goes obliquely upward to the right, to a point near the junction of the sternum (breast bone) and the right clavicle (collarbone); then it goes slightly backward before dividing into two smaller arteries: the right subclavian artery and the right common carotid artery. The brachiocephalic artery carries oxygen-rich blood, supplying the right arm, neck, head, and brain.