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

Published:December 20, 2014DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.clinimag.2014.12.014

      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.

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