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August 1987

Observations on the Venous Structure of a Breast

Arch Surg. 1987;122(8):957-958. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1987.01400200107026

To the Editor.—Highlighting vascular-related structures in gastrointestinal endoscopy with optical filters1 was adapted to observe the venous structure of a female breast.

A 1-mm-thick Hoya R62 red filter was attached to a 90-mm macro lens on an Olympus OM1 N camera with a Vivitar 2800D flash; this filter prevents blue light reflection from a surface that would then appear black.

Panatomic-X film2 set at ASA 80 was used for both unfiltered and filtered photographs. Figure 1 shows an unfiltered view of a 25-year-old woman's breast; Fig 2 shows a red-filter view highlighting the venous structures. This brief communication may prove of interest in observing vascular-related structures of the breast.