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

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Dr. Tito Vasquez
Surgery - Plastics
4 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Tito Vasquez
Dr. Tito Vasquez
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Dr. Regina Hampton
Breast Surgery
4 doctors agree

In brief: Normal breast tissue

After having implants placed, you should get yearly screening mammograms.
Implants are inserted behind the pectoralis muscle so it does not interrupt the breast tissue. When you get a mammogram, there are ways to "displace" the implant so the breast tissue can be evaluated. Remember to perform monthly self breast exams. Get a digital mammogram.

In brief: Normal breast tissue

After having implants placed, you should get yearly screening mammograms.
Implants are inserted behind the pectoralis muscle so it does not interrupt the breast tissue. When you get a mammogram, there are ways to "displace" the implant so the breast tissue can be evaluated. Remember to perform monthly self breast exams. Get a digital mammogram.
Dr. Regina Hampton
Dr. Regina Hampton
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Dr. David Levens
Surgery - Plastics
4 doctors agree

In brief: Breast & implant

Mammography is a very good screening exam for the breasts and should be the first step in radiographic breast screening for women around age 40.
The presence of breast implants necessitates certain special displacement (eklund) views to be sure to visualize as much of the breast as possible.

In brief: Breast & implant

Mammography is a very good screening exam for the breasts and should be the first step in radiographic breast screening for women around age 40.
The presence of breast implants necessitates certain special displacement (eklund) views to be sure to visualize as much of the breast as possible.
Dr. David Levens
Dr. David Levens
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Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Extra precautions

Currently mammograms are the standard, extra views such as ecklund compression are used to attempt to displace the implant and increase visualization of the breast tissue which may be obscured by the presence of the implant.
Ultrasound may be used. Mris are increasingly more popular for imaging breasts and more sensitive for tumor dectection although self exam remains the keystone for detection.

In brief: Extra precautions

Currently mammograms are the standard, extra views such as ecklund compression are used to attempt to displace the implant and increase visualization of the breast tissue which may be obscured by the presence of the implant.
Ultrasound may be used. Mris are increasingly more popular for imaging breasts and more sensitive for tumor dectection although self exam remains the keystone for detection.
Dr. Otto Placik
Dr. Otto Placik
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Dr. Tom Pousti
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Breast tissue

Breast implants can interfere with visualization of breast tissue during mammography studies; this interference tends to be less with implants placed in the sub muscular position as opposed to the sub glandular position.
Special “displacement techniques” are used to better visualize breast tissue during mammography.

In brief: Breast tissue

Breast implants can interfere with visualization of breast tissue during mammography studies; this interference tends to be less with implants placed in the sub muscular position as opposed to the sub glandular position.
Special “displacement techniques” are used to better visualize breast tissue during mammography.
Dr. Tom Pousti
Dr. Tom Pousti
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Dr. Michael Gabor
Diagnostic Radiology

In brief: Implants

There is no difference in the accuracy.
However, the implant mammography study will be twice as many views as the standard mammo, because they will need to do special views to displace the implants.

In brief: Implants

There is no difference in the accuracy.
However, the implant mammography study will be twice as many views as the standard mammo, because they will need to do special views to displace the implants.
Dr. Michael Gabor
Dr. Michael Gabor
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