Rationale and objectives
The aim of this study was to evaluate the usual postoperative imaging findings among patients who underwent oncoplastic breast-conserving surgery (BCS) with acellular dermal matrix (ADM) and to assess the clinical utility of mammography (MG) and ultrasonography (US) in follow-ups.
Materials and methods
This retrospective review of our prospectively collected database of patients who underwent oncoplastic BCS with ADM was conducted with IRB approval and in HIPPA compliance. A total of 105 patients whose follow-up MG and US studies over 2years after surgery were available were included in this study. Postoperative imaging findings were analyzed based on sequential MG and US follow-ups. The clinical outcomes and pathological data were also reviewed. The diagnostic performance of MG and US for postoperative surveillance was assessed.
Recognition and adequate interpretation of the usual findings after oncoplastic BCS with ADM insertion are important in postoperative imaging surveillance. The sole use of MG is not sufficient for the detection of mass-type tumor recurrence due to the density of inserted ADM fillers. Therefore, the combined use of MG+US could serve as a useful postoperative surveillance tool with increased sensitivity in this population.