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How is a mammogram done if I have breast implants?

In women who have breast implants, four pictures of each breast are usually taken for a mammogram—two with the implants included in the image and two with the implants pushed back (implant displacement), compressing only the breast tissue in front of them. This allows for a more thorough evaluation of the breast tissue. Implants can obscure some areas of the breast tissue, but using the implant displacement technique increases the overall amount of breast tissue that is adequately visible on each film.

A mammogram for someone with breast implants involves two additional views.

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