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Will silicone gel-filled breast implants affect my mammograms?

4 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 36 years experience
Yes: The presence of implants make mammograms more challenging to interpret and can potentially obscure a small cancer. It is best to have the implants placed behind the chest wall muscle to decrease this visualization problem. Furthermore, when having a mammogram it is important to go to a facility with experience performing mammograms on augmented breasts.
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Dr. ELizabeth Kinsley
Plastic Surgery 36 years experience
Yes, but: If additional views do not allow for adequate visualization, there are more studies that can be done, such as mri. In reality, for women with or without implants if there is a suspicious or uncertain lesion they will be referred for mri.
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Dr. Mario Diana
Plastic Surgery 32 years experience
Yes: The presence of any implant, saline or silicone, will affect how the mammograms are performed. If the test is completed in a standard fashion there may be up to 15% of the breast tissue that still will require additional imaging.
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Dr. Azita Madjidi
Surgery - Plastics 32 years experience
Somewhat: Based on where your implant is placed, under the breast or under the muscle, the size of your native breast and the implant, some of the breast tissue may not be visualized with the mammogram.
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Last updated Sep 28, 2016

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