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Do breast implants affect mammogram results?

Do breast implants affect mammogram results?

Yes: While there are special techniques to try and visualize as much of the breast tissue as possible, implants do partially obstruct full evaluation of the breast. This is particularly true when the implants are placed above the pectoralis muscle; it is always best to place these behind the muscle. ...Read more

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Dr. Otto Placik
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Breast Implants (Definition)

A medical device that is used to augment the size of the breast by increasing the volume of the breast mound. Implants come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and textures and are surgically inserted either under the breast tissue or in a deeper plane under the muscle. The shell of the implant is made of a flexible silicone elastomer. The inside is filled with either silicone ...Read more


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Is a mammogram with breast implants effective?

Is a mammogram with breast implants effective?

Yes: You will probably have to get a few extra views to visualize all breast tissue but this is not a big deal. ...Read more

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What can they see on mammogram if I have breast implants?

What can they see on mammogram if I have breast implants?

Most everything: Implants are known not to affect mammograms for the most part, particularly if they are placed under muscle. However moving the implant from the x-ray field is needed to view every quadrant of breast tissue, which can occasionally be difficult for the radiology technologist. ...Read more

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How is a mammogram done for a woman with breast implants?

Same: Mammograms are performed the same for women with or without breast implants. However, breast implants may require additional views and/or MRI of the breasts for a complete evaluation. ...Read more

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Is it ok to have a mammogram 4 days before i get a breast implants in?

Is it ok to have a mammogram  4 days before i get a breast  implants in?

Yes: If you are due to have a screening mammogram or are between the ages of 35 and 40 and have never had a mammogram, i encourage all my patients to get their mammograms before having breast augmentation done, even 4 days before. That's why we do screening tests. ...Read more

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Will silicone gel-filled breast implants affect my mammograms?

Will silicone gel-filled breast implants affect my mammograms?

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. ...Read more

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Hx of HER2+ CA in left breast. Breast implants in both breast after tx. Now have pain in R breast, negative mammogram last month, no lumps noted. ?

Hx of HER2+ CA in left breast. Breast implants in both breast after tx. Now have pain in R breast, negative mammogram last month, no lumps noted. ?

Fibrocystic changes: You could have fibrocystic changes. This is the most common cause of breast pain. There is usually not a mass but lumpy tissue. It can be aggravated by caffeine, stress, menstrual cycle and hormonal medications like Tamoxifen and birth control pills. Contact your breast surgeon or oncologist for a breast exam. ...Read more

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I have silicone breast implants. Is a mammogram just as good as an MRI to check for breast cancer?

I have silicone breast implants. Is a mammogram just as good as an MRI to check for breast cancer?

Start with mammogram: Mri may be used in the detection of leaks in persons with silicone breast implants; however, mammogram is the place to start for screening for breast ca. If indicated, the radiologist or breast specialist may then order additional tests such as ultrasound or mri. ...Read more

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I'm at the age where i need to have mamagram but I have breast implants is there a better method at detecting problems as mamagrams can't show enough?

I'm at the age where i need to have mamagram but I have breast implants is there a better method  at detecting problems
as mamagrams can't show enough?

Mammograms/ Implants: You shouldn't have much of a problem getting a mammogram if you have breast implants, however, you do need a special radiographic technique called an ecklund (sp?) mammogram. The radiology centers are well versed at this technique which gives you better views of your breast tissue. Mammography is a screening tool and should be combined with self-breast exams to give you the best screening possible. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Mammogram (Definition)

A mammogram is the "gold standard" screening test for breast cancer. It's well established that yearly 'grams will DX cancers well before they are palpable, leading to earlier diagnoses and saved lives. All experts agree to begin yearly mammograms by age 50; many (including myself) believe the pro's outweigh the con's to begin at 40. Regrettably, less than half of all women ...Read more


Dr. Cornelius O'Leary Jr
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Implant (Definition)

An implant is a medical device manufactured to replace a missing biological structure, support a damaged biological structure, or enhance an existing biological structure. Medical implants are man-made devices, in contrast to a transplant, which is ...Read more