QUESTION: Will a mammogram damage or rupture my breast implants?
ANSWER: Women should alert the imaging technologist to the presence of breast implants before the exam is performed. The gentle pressure applied during the mammogram will not damage or rupture the implant. However, the mammogram may reveal the presence of a previously ruptured silicone implant. Breast implants can affect the quality of the mammogram and can limit the radiologist’s ability to detect cancer. Therefore, special views are obtained to see tissue around the implant. These are referred to as “implant-displaced” views. These will be obtained in addition to the “standard” views. So, the average women with implants will have 8 images taken (4 of each breast), while an average woman without implants will have 4 images taken (two of each breast).