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Abstract #3353

Contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) in pre-surgical planning of deep inferior epigastric artery perforator flaps: comparison with surgical outcomes

Sze Yiun Teo1, Christopher Au1, and Evan Woo2

1Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Imaging, KK Women's and Children's Hospital, Singapore, Singapore, 2Department of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, KK Women's and Children's Hospital, Singapore, Singapore

Deep inferior epigastric perforator (DIEP) flap reconstruction is an excellent choice because only the subcutaneous fat is used. DIEP flap reconstruction requires selection of a suitable perforator vessel, which can be highly variable in size and location. Pre-operative imaging can identify these vessels. Doppler sonography is the standard imaging modality, but has mixed results. CT angiography is accurate, but involves ionising radiation. MR angiography is less commonly used, but obviates any radiation exposure. This study shows that MR angiography is an accurate imaging modality to detect the size and location of suitable perforator vessels. Pre-operative knowledge of these vessels allows for optimal surgical planning, reduced area of surgical dissection and shortened dissection times.

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