A variation, particularly in larger or mobile breasts, is to apply the grid pattern quadrant by quadrant. The implant should be anechoic with well defined margins. Folds are commonly seen in the implant surface. Also, small traces of simple fluid will be seen overlying the implant but is contained by the overlying fibrous capsule that contains the implant. This fluid is routinely seen within the implant folds see image below. A breast series should include the following minimum images:.
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Imaging of common breast implants and implant-related complications: A pictorial essay
Not a MyNAP member yet? Register for a free account to start saving and receiving special member only perks. Some women have expressed concern that the presence of an implant will make it difficult or impossible to use mammography for the early detection of breast cancer. The committee reviewed available literature on the use of mammography in women with implants and also examined the usefulness of other imaging techniques for the detection of implant rupture. Mammograms—x-rays of the breast—have proved their value in finding breast cancer in its early stages. Randomized, controlled trials have confirmed that mammography significantly decreases breast cancer death rates.
Breast implant ruptures are a recognized complication of a breast implant. It can be intracapsular, when confined by the surrounding fibrous capsule, or extracapsular, when silicone freely extravasates. After implantation of a silicone or saline breast implant, a fibrous capsule scar forms around the implant shell. Silicone does not freely extravasate.