Semin Plast Surg 2020; 34(03): 161-164
DOI: 10.1055/s-0040-1714291
Review Article

Smartphone Thermal Imaging Can Enable the Safer Use of Propeller Flaps

Geoffrey G. Hallock
1  Division of Plastic Surgery, St. Luke's Hospital–Sacred Heart Campus, Allentown, Pennsylvania
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Abstract

The use of thermography for the identification of cutaneous “hot spots” that coincide with perforators is not a new concept, but the required professional cameras may be prohibitively expensive. Only relatively recently, incredibly cheap but adequate thermal imaging cameras have become available that work in concert with the ubiquitous cell phone. This can now serve as a rapid, accurate, and complementary method for finding a perforator sufficient to serve as the hub for a perforator pedicled propeller flap. In addition, the preferred direction of rotation about that hub, effect of flap insetting on perfusion, and then postoperative monitoring are possible by proper interpretation of corresponding thermograms. Every reconstructive surgeon should be able to obtain this device, and then easily learn what potential attributes for them are available when planning a propeller flap.



Publication History

Publication Date:
22 September 2020 (online)

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