Do Implants Affect Mammography Screenings?

If you have breast implants, you may be concerned about them possibly interfering with a mammography screening. Rest assured this is a common concern. Both saline and silicone implants can affect mammograms, but radiology technicians can and do use techniques and make adjustments to ensure they get the best, most correct and comprehensive view of your breast tissue. Your health and safety when receiving a mammogram are the radiology technicians’ most important considerations.

breast implantsIf you have implants or are considering them, here are a few things to keep in mind when scheduling your mammogram:

  1. Do your research to ensure that your mammography facility has experience imaging women with implants. Tell the facility and your technician about your implants, especially the details about them. You may want to bring information about the type, placement, size, and shape of your Inform the facility that you have implants when you schedule your appointment and be sure to remind the technician when you arrive.
  2. If you see changes to your breasts, contact your doctor immediately. Deciding on breast implants means committing to being especially proactive about your breast health.
  3. The placement of your implants is a factor when it comes to mammography. Implants placed below the pectoral muscle are less likely to interfere with a clear view of breast tissue than implants placed above the muscle. This is additional information to share with the technician.
  4. If you are considering breast implants, it may be a good idea to discuss with your surgeon the possibility of getting a base-line mammogram prior to the procedure.

It’s true, these are important considerations. However, any concerns you may have about mammography screening shouldn’t deter you from pursuing the cosmetic breast enhancement you desire. The expertise of a board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Silverman can make all the difference.

If you have questions or concerns about your existing implants or are considering breast implant surgery, call and schedule a consultation appointment with Dr. Silverman: (617) 965-9500.

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