Can you have a mammogram if you have implants

If you have breast implants, you should still get regular screening mammograms as recommended. It’s important to tell the technologist you have implants before your mammogram is started. In fact, it’s best to mention this when you make the appointment to have your mammogram done.

Can you get a mammogram with implants?

A mammogram with implants is possible, and you should definitely continue to get mammograms with implants. The low dose of radiation used in mammograms doesn’t penetrate through breast tissue, so the breast is compressed to create a better picture that allows for a lower amount of radiation to be used.

What to do if you have breast implants?

If you have breast implants, you can take steps to make your mammogram more successful, such as: Find a facility that sees many women with breast implants. Ask your doctor for a referral to a clinic where radiologists have experience performing and reading mammograms of women with breast implants.

What is mammogram with implants?

Mammogram With Implants. A mammogram with breast implants is the same basic procedure for all women, with a few variations. When you have a breast implant (both saline and silicone), it blocks the view of breast tissue so it is harder for the doctor to get a complete and total view of your breast.

Can you see breast tissue under a mammogram?

Mammograms for Women with Breast Implants. You should be aware that it might be hard for the doctor to see certain parts of your breast. The x-rays used in mammograms cannot go through silicone or saline implants well enough to show the breast tissue under them. This means that part of the breast tissue can be hard to see on a mammogram.

Do I really have to get a mammogram?

Your risk of breast cancer increases as you age. But there’s disagreement among breast cancer experts regarding when you should have your first mammogram. The American Cancer Society recommends women ages 40 to 44 should have a choice to start yearly screening mammograms if they would like.

Can I get an ultrasound instead of a mammogram?

Normally, the X-ray component of a mammogram is all that is necessary for breast cancer screening purposes. So, an ultrasound is typically a ‘second look’ type of application. However, it is not a good idea to have an ultrasound instead of a mammogram and it is probably best to follow the advice of the screening physicians.

Can I get breast lift if I already have implants?

Answer: Can I get a breast lift if I already have implants? Yes, in most cases it should be possible to have a breast lift following a breast augmentation. Have your surgeon examine you to determine if anything needs to be done about the implants, as well.

How is mammogram done if I have breast implants?

If you have breast implants, your initial mammogram will be the classic images, where technicians use gentle pressure to compress the breast tissue between two surfaces and take a picture. Following those, the breast implant is manually held back against the chest wall while the breast tissue is slid forward.