Journal article

Abdominal wall CT angiography: A detailed account of a newly established preoperative imaging technique

Timothy J Phillips, Damien L Stella, Warren M Rozen, Mark Ashton, G Ian Taylor

RADIOLOGY | RADIOLOGICAL SOC NORTH AMERICA | Published : 2008

Abstract

Institutional review board approval was obtained for this study, and all patients gave written informed consent. Autologous surgical breast reconstruction with use of abdominal wall donor flaps based on the deep inferior epigastric artery (DIEA) and one or more of its anterior musculocutaneous perforating branches (DIEA perforator flap) is being used with increasing frequency instead of breast reconstruction with use of traditional transverse rectus abdominus musculocutaneous and modified muscle-sparing flaps. Preoperative mapping of the DIEA perforators with abdominal wall computed tomographic (CT) angiography may improve patient care by providing the surgeon with additional information tha..

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