Can Breast Implants Affect Mammography Screenings?

One of the most common questions I am asked by my breast augmentation patients in Austin is whether their new implants will impact their mammography screenings. In my experience with my patients, it is absolutely possible to have an accurate mammogram after receiving breast implants.

Because breast augmentation is becoming more popular, more mammography specialists are familiar with the factors involved in screening women who have breast implants. Additionally, a specific visualization approach known as the “Eklund technique” can be used to give the physician a more reliable reading. The Eklund method displaces the breast implants in order to increase the amount of breast tissue that can be seen, thereby allowing the technician to examine the breast more thoroughly.

Another option for breast screening is an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging). This approach is perhaps the most accurate, but may also be more costly. Women who have silicone implants or who have developed capsular contracture would benefit most from an MRI because it provides a more detailed image of the implant shell.

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