Todayâ€™s breast implants do not affect mammography to the same extent they did 10 or 15 years ago. Mammographers typically claim that when performing a mammogram on a woman who has undergone breast augmentation, they typically loose between 10 and 25 % visibility of the breast tissue because of the implant, depending on the implants exact placement. Patients whose cosmetic surgery placed the implant under the muscle allow for better visibility that those placed over the muscle. Whether the implant is silicone or saline has no bearing on breast tissue visibility.
This slight loss of visibility is not of serious concern, and does not raise the risk of breast cancer going undetected as long as patients routinely complete self-detection. No matter where an implant is placed in the breast it should not interfere with your ability to feel lumps within the breast tissue during a self-beast examination. This is significant because research supports the conclusion that self-examination is more useful in detecting significant lumps than any other testing method including mammography, and so women with implants who regularly practice self-detection generally have breast cancer diagnosed at the same stage as women who have not undergone cosmetic surgery. Should a lump be discovered, further testing like MRI and Ultrasound would be ordered by your doctor to evaluate the infrastructure of the breast mass, and these are in no way affected by breast implants.
There are many benefits that are offered by mammography such as imaging of the breast improves that helps the physician in detecting small tumors easily.The tiny abnormal growth of tissues in the milk ducts which are called as DCIS (ductal carcinoma in situ) can be detected easily by screening mammography. The radiations do not remain in the body of the patient after the x-ray examination. The process usually does not have any side effects in the range of diagnostics.
If you are still concerned, or are considered at high risk for breast cancer, a special mammogram called the Ecklund technique is available at all US treatment centers, which was specifically designed for women with implants. It is a technique is usually utilized for screening the breasts with implants. The tissues are clearly visible with an improved image quality through an enlarged view and greater amount of the breast tissues. It is a complex technique that can be operated only by highly experienced and skilled mammographers.
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