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Br J Radiol. 2012 Dec;85(1020):e1293-7. doi: 10.1259/bjr/30590223.

Pre-operative CT angiography and three-dimensional image post processing for deep inferior epigastric perforator flap breast reconstructive surgery.

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Department of Radiology, University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle, USA.

Abstract

Autologous breast reconstructive surgery with deep inferior epigastric artery (DIEA) perforator flaps has become the mainstay for breast reconstructive surgery. CT angiography and three-dimensional image post processing can depict the number, size, course and location of the DIEA perforating arteries for the pre-operative selection of the best artery to use for the tissue flap. Knowledge of the location and selection of the optimal perforating artery shortens operative times and decreases patient morbidity.

PMID:
23175495
PMCID:
PMC3611736
DOI:
10.1259/bjr/30590223
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