Abstract| Volume 60, ISSUE 4, PS5-S6, April 2007

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Location of vascular perforators by dynamic infrared imaging: Helpful tool or preoperative gadget?

      Introduction: The reliable location of the dominant perforator is a prerequisite in perforator and septo-cutaneous free flaps. The Dynamic InfraRed Imaging (DIRI®) is based on the reception and analysis of infrared radiation emitted by any tissue. DIRI® is non-invasive and allows for precise mapping of the temperature of any surface. In our previous study we demonstrated the capacity of DIRI® in the early detection of vascular obstruction in a animal flap model. The aim of this preliminary prospective analysis was to test the accuracy of DIRI® by evaluating the location of the dominant perforator and septo-cutaneous vessel in 15 free flaps.
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