ePlasty: Vol. 13
Computed Tomography Angiography in Microsurgery: Indications, Clinical Utility, and Pitfalls
Gordon K. Lee, MD, Paige M. Fox, MD, PhD, Jonathan Riboh, MD, Charles Hsu, MD, Sepideh Saber, MD, Geoffrey D. Rubin, MD, and James Chang, MD

Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Stanford University Medical Center, Stanford, Calif


Correspondence: glee@stanford.edu

Objective: Computed tomographic angiography (CTA) can be used to obtain 3-dimensional vascular images and soft-tissue definition. The goal of this study was to evaluate the reliability, usefulness, and pitfalls of CTA in preoperative planning of microvascular reconstructive surgery. Methods: A retrospective review of patients who obtained preoperative CTA in preparation for planned microvascular reconstruction was performed over a 5-year period (2001–2005). The influence of CTA on the original operative plan was assessed for each patient, and CTA results were correlated to the operative findings. Results: Computed tomographic angiography was performed on 94 patients in preparation for microvascular reconstruction. In 48 patients (51%), vascular abnormalities were noted on CTA. Intraoperative findings correlated with CTA results in 97% of cases. In 42 patients (45%), abnormal CTA findings influenced the original operative plan, such as the choice of vessels, side of harvest, or nature of .......