Accurate Assessment of Breast Volume: A study comparing the volumetric gold standard (direct water displacement measurement of mastectomy specimen) with a 3D laser scanning technique

Jia Yip, Naila Mouratova, Rebecca Jeffery, Daisy Veitch, Richard Woodman, Nicola Dean

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    Abstract

    Preoperative assessment of breast volume could contribute significantly to the planning of breast-related procedures. The availability of 3D scanning technology provides us with an innovative method for doing this. We performed this study to compare measurements by this technology with breast volume measurement by water displacement. A total of 30 patients undergoing 39 mastectomies were recruited from our center. The volume of each patient's breast(s) was determined with a preoperative 3D laser scan. The volume of the mastectomy specimen was then measured in the operating theater by water displacement. There was a strong linear association between breast volumes measured using the 2 different methods when using a Pearson correlation (r = 0.95, P < 0.001). The mastectomy mean volume was defined by the equation: mastectomy mean volume = (scan mean volume × 1.03) -70.6. This close correlation validates the Cyberware WBX Scanner as a tool for assessment of breast volume.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)135-141
    Number of pages7
    JournalAnnals of Plastic Surgery
    Volume68
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Feb 2012

    Keywords

    • 3D scanning
    • breast reconstruction
    • laser scanner
    • Mastectomy specimen volume
    • water displacement

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