Hi, Mia, yes, you're absolutely right. The problem is that very few radiologists have techs who have trained for it. It's really very simple. It's done on the mammogram machine but they use different plates and take 4 views (2 of each reconst'd breast).
The procedure came out of the U of Mich., but like all things new and innovative (I remember when sentinel node bx. was raising eyebrows among breast surgeons) it's taking some time to get radiologists on the bandwagon. There is still the prevailing theory that there's ONLY 3-5% of breast tissue remaining so the chances of a recurrence are slim. To which I say "Pooh!" What can a physician who sees a tramflap patient tell that patient if, heaven forbid, there is a recurrence??? Tramogram is a procedure that can actually find a recurrence in its very early stages. Who wouldn't want to have it done if can possibly prevent add'l physical pain and emotional torture??
I'll look for U of Mich. article and post the website. My gyn. in NY had never heard of it when I first brought him all of the info. I left it with him. A week later he called to tell me he'd actually gotten on the phone to the U of Mich and discussed the procedure with a physician there. 2 weeks later I was having my first Tramogram. Thanks heavens, there ARE some physicians who are open-minded and receptive to new info. brought to them by their patients. My dr. actually thanked me when I saw him again. He told me he has a number of Tramflap patients and he was now encouraging THEM to go for the procedure.
Oh, FYI, it's also covered by health insurance, so it's really a "win" for everyone involved. Hope this helps. Luci
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