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Mri scans to detect implant ruptures

20th Jun 2017

Today, there are many women who choose to have breast implants in order to augment their breasts. While majority of those who go for breast augmentation with implants are generally happy with the results, it cannot be discounted that there are isolated cases with unwanted complications like implant rupture.

Breast implants can be filled either with saline or silicone gel. For those who have saline breast implants, rupture and leakage won’t cause any threat to their health because the saline solution can easily be reabsorbed by the body. On the other hand, if the ruptured implants are filled with silicone, the body can have a negative reaction towards it.

When saline implants rupture or leak, it can easily be seen because the breast will look deflated. On the other hand, it can be more difficult to discover a ruptured or leaking silicone breast implant because the silicone gel doesn’t move out of the implant as fast as the saline liquid can. This is the reason why some women may already have a leaking silicone gel implant for years before it is discovered.

If a patient or surgeon suspects that the implants are ruptured, MRI scans can be done to confirm it. At present the MRI or magnetic resonance imaging is the best diagnostic tool that surgeons can use to diagnose if the implants are really ruptured or not. Sometimes, there are no signs that the implants are already ruptured. This is why it is recommended for those who have silicone breast implants to periodically undergo MRI. Surgeons have to inform their patients that detecting a ruptured silicone implant is quite challenging and can only be accurately and successfully done with the help of imaging tests such as an MRI scans .

The MRI scans is considered the best and most definitive way to determine if silicone breast implants are leaking or are already ruptured because it can show even the small amounts of silicone gel that are on the outside part of the shell. In the presence of small amounts of silicone outside the shell, surgeons can conclude that the implants are in fact leaking. It is recommended by the FDA that women who have silicone breast implants go for an MRI 3 years after the surgery and thereafter, every 2 years so that silent rupture of the silicone gel implants can be detected immediately before it causes more damage or adverse effects to the body.

Although silicone gel breast implants are made to be durable, there is still a possibility that leaks and ruptures occur. Those who have implants should remember that regular MRI tests will simply help them to immediately know whether their implants are already compromised. Along with the MRI, women should also go for regular mammograms to check for cancer. Although the two are imaging tests for the breasts, they are done for different reasons and they detect different things. The MRI is best for detecting any leakage or rupture of the silicone breast implants while the mammogram is best for detecting any cancerous tissue formation.

 


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