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If I have breast implants, what type of mammogram will I need?

Dr. Stuart A. Linder, MD
Plastic Surgeon

You should request the Eklund technique mammogram if you have implants. This technique uses a cone compression device that will displace the prosthetic device while taking several views of the breast. The technician must be made aware that you have either silicone or saline implants. The special hand piece will then be used to prevent inadvertent rupture of your breast implant. Patients with silicone gel implants should have an MRI performed at least every three years to determine the integrity of the silicone shell. Mammograms are not sensitive to silicone rupture and yield false negative results.

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