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Will silicone gel-filled breast implants affect my mammograms?

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Dr. Mario Diana
Surgery - Plastics
3 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Mario Diana
Dr. Mario Diana
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Dr. ELizabeth Kinsley
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. ELizabeth Kinsley
Dr. ELizabeth Kinsley
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Dr. Barry Rosen
Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Barry Rosen
Dr. Barry Rosen
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Dr. Azita Madjidi
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Azita Madjidi
Dr. Azita Madjidi
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