Ask the Plastic Surgeon: Can women with breast implants still get their mammograms?

Yes, women with implants can certainly get mammograms for cosmetic augmentation reasons can be placed either under the chest muscle or just above the muscle but below the glandular tissue. There are different indications for each placement.  The technologist who does the has plenty of experience with women with either implant placement, thus they all can get very satisfactory .  Additional views may be necessary as both saline and silicone gel implants are radio-opaque and thus X-rays cannot penetrate straight through them. If there is any difficulty with a specific view, the possibility of getting an MRI is an excellent way of resolving an ambiguous X-ray.  

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