Vessels of the uterus and its appendages, rear view. Helicine branches (an older name for arcuate vessels) are labeled at center top - they appear to course on the surface of the uterus in this picture, but in fact they course within the myometrium.
Uterine arterial vasculature, showing arcuate arteries at left.
They have also been called helicine branches of the uterus (or helicine arterioles), as they are spiral-shaped, but they should not be confused with the spiral arteries that penetrate the endometrium in the inner uterus.
^Bottom of page 123 in: Hurd, William W.; Falcone, Tommaso (2007). Clinical reproductive medicine and surgery. St. Louis, Mo: Mosby/Elsevier. ISBN0-323-03309-1.
^Page 440 - section Uterus in: Fiore, Mariano S H di; Eroschenko, Victor P. (2008). Di Fiore's Atlas of histology: with functional correlations. Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. ISBN0-7817-7057-2.