Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) evaluation of residual breast tissue following mastectomy and reconstruction with silicone implants

Douglas Zippel, Vered Tsehmaister-Abitbol, Arie Rundstein, Anat Shalmon, Andrew Zbar, Gil Nardini, Ilya Novikov, Miri Sklair-Levy

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Abstract

Purpose: We present our use of magnetic resonance (MR) measurement to determine the amount of residual breast tissue (RBT) following total mastectomy with reconstruction. Methods: Breast MR images of 45 women who underwent surgery between January and November 2011 were reviewed. The cohort included therapeutic and prophylactic mastectomies. RBT was evaluated at four points with a digital caliper assessing T2-weighted and T1-weighted images. Results: Patients undergoing mastectomy for carcinoma tended to have less RBT than in prophylactic surgery. Greater age and recent surgery both correlated with larger RBT. Conclusions: Variable thickness of RBT is demonstrable following mastectomy and implant reconstruction using MR imaging.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)408-411
Number of pages4
JournalClinical Imaging
Volume39
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 May 2015

Keywords

  • Breast cancer
  • Breast reconstruction
  • Magnetic resonance imaging
  • Residual breast tissue

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