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can you see breast implants on x rays?

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Dr. Emily Ridgway
Plastic Surgery 21 years experience
Yes: Both silicone and saline breast implants can be seen on a chest x-ray.
Dr. Tom Pousti
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Yes : Yes, breast implants can be seen on x-rays. They may also interfere with breast tissue visualization during mammography.
Dr. Otto Placik
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Yes but studies vary: However, they will appear differently based on their density and xray diffraction. Subglandular implants are more easily visualized than submuscular. Ultrasound or MRI may be a better test to visualize or assess implant integrity or lack of such. It's always better to notify your mammographer, so that they can perform specialized views of the breast.

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