Monday, May 28, 2012
MAMMOGRAPHY AND BREAST IMPLANTS
Patients with breast implants (either saline or silicone) may have some decreased visualization of breast tissue on a routine screening mammogram. In order to obtain the most accurate assessement of the breast tissue, diagnostic mammograms with additional views are needed. Specialized "push back" (Ecklund) views are performed to adquately image the breast tissue. Mammographic interpretation is more challenging for the radiologist. The patient with breast implants will be exposed to more radiation over her life time because of these additional views, although this additional exposure has not been shown to be a problem. It is important for women to perform monthly self breast examinations and to be diligent in their mammographic appointments.