Users' questions

Can an MRI scan detect breast implants rupture?

Can an MRI scan detect breast implants rupture?

Overall, MRI was 94 percent accurate in detecting ruptured implants, compared to 72 percent accuracy for ultrasound. Magnetic resonance imaging also had a lower “false-negative” rate: five percent, compared to nine percent with ultrasound. Thus MRI was less likely to miss a ruptured implant, compared to ultrasound.

What is extracapsular breast implant rupture?

This is a normal reaction to the foreign implant. An implant rupture contained within the fibrous capsule is referred to as an intracapsular rupture, while the extravasation of silicone outside of the fibrous capsule is called an extracapsular rupture.

Why is MRI used in patients with breast implants?

It can be used to determine the integrity of breast implants, evaluating them for leaks, ruptures or suspicious areas detected on a mammogram. MRI can also detect leakage from silicone breast implants. For women with breast cancer, breast MRI can distinguish between scar tissue and recurrent tumors.

What are some of the sonographic difference between an intracapsular vs a extracapsular ruptured implant?

If the shell of the implant ruptures but the fibrous capsule remains intact, the rupture is known as intracapsular. If both the implant shell and fibrous capsule have ruptured, the implant content is freely extravasated into surrounding tissue, and the rupture is defined as extracapsular.

Do ruptured breast implants have to be removed?

If a silicone implant is ruptured, it will have to be surgically removed. Doctors recommend replacing the implant at the same time; your body has grown additional skin to make the implant fit naturally, and the breast will become flabby or dimpled in its absence.

What is the best breast implant?

Silicone implants are considered the best for breast implants. They can create a more natural look and feel to the breast and resemble breast tissue.

What is a ruptured breast implant?

Breast implant rupture occurs when the silicone shell of either a saline or silicone implant breaks open, causing the contents of the implant to leak into the body. Breast implant rupture is commonly treated with breast revision surgery, where the damaged implant is removed and a new implant is inserted.

What are symptoms of leaking breast implants?

Local Signs and Symptoms. When a silicone implant ruptures and leaks outside the shell, you may notice changes in the tissue around the implant. Your skin may look red and inflamed, and the breast may look swollen. You may feel small fluid-filled lumps near the implant or notice discomfort in your shoulder or arm on the side of the leak.