Routine mammogram: radiologist suspected my RHS implant was leaking which a second mammo confirmed. Do I still need an MRI?
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Ruptured Breast Implant
MRI is the best test to check for ruptured implants, as it is much more accurate, unlike ultrasound which has a moderately high "false positive" rate - that is, it may be incorrect when suggesting a rupture. Generally, if it is cerfain an implant is ruptured,then it should be removed and replaced, although Thi should is not urgent.
Regards, Dr Steve Merten, Sydney
Breast Implant Rupture
If you have a documented rupture of a silicone implant, you should not wait regardless of the presence of symptoms. You should contact your plastic surgeon and make an appointment for a consultation. An MRI often is not needed if the rupture can be seen on Mammography. If you catch the rupture early before significant scar tissue forms there is a good chance it will not be as painful as your first surgery. Good luck.
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