Technical innovations in autologous breast reconstructions

S. Hummelink

Promotor: D.Uhlrich, L. Schulze Kool
Copromotor: Y. Hoogeveen


In deep inferior epigastric artery perforator (DIEP) flap breast reconstructions, a free tissue flap consisting of adipose tissue, skin and supplying blood vessels is transferred from the abdomen to the thorax. The perforating blood vessels are millimetric and of great importance for the survival of the DIEP flap. Hence the location of these perforators should be identified pre-operatively to avoid accidental intraoperative destruction. With either handheld Doppler ultrasound (US) or computed tomography angiography (CTA) these perforators can be depicted. However, when selecting these blood vessels through CTA, the information remains on thecomputer screen for which a convenient method of transferring was required.

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