Noncontrast Magnetic Resonance Imaging for Preoperative Perforator Mapping

Jaume Masia, Carmen Navarro, Juan A. Clavero, Xavier Alomar

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Identifying the position, course, and caliber of the dominant perforator is extremely valuable in the preoperative study for perforator surgery. Besides reliability, the ideal technique should offer low cost and high availability and reproducibility. It should be fast, easy to interpret, and free of morbidity. Multidetector-row computed tomography (MDTC) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) provide images that are easy to interpret, and assess the perforator's caliber and localization and its intramuscular course and anatomic relationships. Noncontrast MRI avoids radiation to the patient and eliminates the need for intravenous contrast medium. This article discusses this method and presents our experience. © 2011.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)253-261
JournalClinics in Plastic Surgery
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2011


  • AngioCT
  • Breast reconstruction
  • DIEP flap
  • MDCT
  • MRI
  • Perforator mapping


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