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Skeletal Radiol. 2013 Mar;42(3):319-27. doi: 10.1007/s00256-012-1461-y. Epub 2012 Jun 24.

Preoperative imaging in the planning of deep inferior epigastric artery perforator flap surgery.

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Department of radiology, CHU, Besançon, France. radio.aubry@free.fr

Abstract

Breast reconstruction with adipocutaneous free flap from the abdominal wall combines the benefits of abdominoplasty to those of a prosthesis-free breast reconstruction. The deep inferior epigastric artery perforator (DIEP) flap is supplied by intramuscular perforators from the deep inferior epigastric artery (DIEA). It consists of the dissection of perforating branches of the DIEA within the rectus abdominis muscle, thus sparing both muscle and fascia. Preoperative imaging in the planning of DIEP flap surgery has been shown to facilitate faster and safer surgery. This review article aims to discuss advantages and drawbacks of current imaging modalities for mapping the course of perforating vessels in the planning of DIEP flap surgery, and to present state-of-the-art imaging techniques.

PMID:
22729378
DOI:
10.1007/s00256-012-1461-y
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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