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Sectioned Images and Surface Models of a Cadaver for Understanding the Deep Circumflex Iliac Artery Flap

Kim, Bong Chul DDS, MSD*†; Chung, Min Suk MD, PhD; Kim, Hyung Jun DDS,; Park, Jin Seo PhD§; Shin, Dong Sun PhD

Journal of Craniofacial Surgery: March 2014 - Volume 25 - Issue 2 - p 626–629
doi: 10.1097/SCS.0000000000000645
Anatomical Studies

The aim of this study was to describe the deep circumflex iliac artery (DCIA) flap from sectioned images and stereoscopic anatomic models using Visible Korean, for the benefit of medical education and clinical training in the field of oromandibular reconstructive surgery. Serially sectioned images of the pelvic area were obtained from a cadaver. Outlines of significant structures in the sectioned images were drawn and stacked to build surface models. The PDF (portable document format) file (size, 30 MB) of the constructed models is available for free download on the Web site of the Department of Anatomy at Ajou University School of Medicine ( In the PDF file, the relevant structures of the DCIA flap can be seen in the sectioned images. All surface models and stereoscopic structures associated with the DCIA flap are displayed in real time. We hope that these state-of-the-art sectioned images, outlined images, and surface models will help students and trainees better understand the anatomy associated with DCIA flap.

From the *Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Daejeon Dental Hospital, College of Dentistry, Wonkwang University, Daejeon; †Department of Anatomy, Ajou University School of Medicine, Suwon; ‡Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, College of Dentistry, Yonsei University, Seoul; and §Department of Anatomy, Dongguk University College of Medicine, Gyeongju, Republic of Korea.

Received November 13, 2013.

Accepted for publication December 2, 2013.

Address correspondence and reprint requests to Dong Sun Shin, PhD, Department of Anatomy, Ajou University School of Medicine, 164 Worldcup-ro, Suwon, Republic of Korea, 443-380; E-mail:

This study was supported by Wonkwang University in 2014.

The authors report no conflicts of interest.

© 2014 by Mutaz B. Habal, MD.