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Topic: DIEP FLAP and metal Q for future MRI

Forum: Breast Reconstruction — Is it right for you? Discuss timing and various procedures and techniques.

Posted on: Dec 26, 2019 07:20AM

Reperella wrote:

Lillie, I had DIEP surgery in 2012. Need to get an MRI tomorrow. A question came up asking if I had any metal inside of me. Are you able to speak to this?

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Dec 26, 2019 07:43AM Peregrinelady wrote:

Lillie was on the John Hopkins site and I am not sure she is answering questions any more. I had DIEP surgery in 2016 and was not told anything about metal, but you should call your surgeon’s office to be sure.
Dx 4/24/2015, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 1/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 6/1/2015 Liquid tamoxifen (Soltamox) Surgery 4/17/2016 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Prophylactic ovary removal; Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap Hormonal Therapy 7/30/2016 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Dec 31, 2019 10:47AM - edited Dec 31, 2019 11:00AM by besa

I have DIEP flap reconstruction (and later a contralateral sGAP reconstruction) and have had multiple MRI's in the years following my surgeries with no issue. Most (or more likely all of us) who have had these reconstructions have very small titanium clips in our bodies (easy to see on an x ray) but my experience was that this was never an issue when it came to MRIs.

(These small surgical clips are commonly used in multiple types of surgeries to stop bleeding.)

You can call your local hospital radiology department or, as pregrinelady said, your surgeons office to confirm.

See also link below (from google search on topic)


Dx 2007, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-

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