What to Communicate with the Radiologist when Imaging the DIEP Flap Reconstructed Breast

What to Communicate with the Radiologist when Imaging the DIEP Flap Reconstructed Breast A Guest blog from Danielle Carroll, MD To image or not to image the reconstructed breast- that is the question…Well, actually the first question.  I am not going to tackle that topic here, but Dr. Chrysopoulo discusses this in his article “Mammograms and MRI after Reconstruction- Are They Needed?” .  However, if you decide to proceed with imaging follow-up, what is important for you to know about imaging the reconstructed breast, and how can you best convey your reconstruction status to the reading radiologist?   The reconstructed breast will undergo many changes over the first several years post reconstruction, some of which will be visible externally, some may only be seen by imaging.  The two most important pieces of information to convey to the scheduler and/or technologist are 1.  Your history of mastectomy with soft tissue reconstruction Continue Reading →

Diagnosis #2

Don’t Panic I was diligent about scheduling my yearly mammograms and equally as diligent about doing my breast self-exams. I had my yearly physical in late January and neither I nor my Primary Care physician felt anything suspicious in my breasts. Then as I was lying in bed one morning doing a self exam I left a bit of a thickness in my left breast. I decided not to panic or jump to any conclusions based on two rationale. The first one being that I frequented the gym and did weight training three times a week. That was the delusional/hopeful side of me. I feel great! It’s just all that strength training and new muscles. The second and more practical side of me was that I had my mammogram scheduled in three weeks and we’ll just (fingers crossed) get it checked then. April 2 arrived and off I went for Continue Reading →