Peripheral Arteries


Arterial pulses of the arm:

  1. Brachial artery: medial to the biceps muscle above the elbow.
  2. Radial artery
  3. Ulnar Artery at the wrist


  • the radial and ulnar arteries are interconnected by two vascular arches within the hand.
  • Circulation to the hand and fingers is thereby doubly protected aainst possible arterial occlusion.


Pulses in the legs:

  1. Femoral artery: below the inguinal ligament midway between the anterior superior iliac spine and the symphysis pubis
  2. The Popliteal artery: behind the knee
  3. The dorsalis pedalis artery: on the dorsum of the foot
  4. The posterior tibial artery: just behind the medial malleolus.


  • The foot is protected like the hand by an interconnecting arch between the two chief arterial branches supplying it.

Bates, Barbara. 1974. A Guide to Physical Examination. J.B. Lippincott Company, Toronto.


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