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Mammography With Breast Implants

Please be aware that Screening Mammography is not available to women who have breast implants. For mammography, breast augment patients must obtain a referral from their family doctor to have a diagnostic mammogram. The technologist will make sure that as much breast tissue as possible is seen on the mammogram. Special techniques (called implant displacement techniques) are used to move the implant out of the way and pull the breast tissue forward so it can be in the image. Additional views may need to be taken to examine as much of the breast tissue as possible.

Extra care is taken when compressing the breasts to avoid rupturing the implant.

Studies show that women with breast implants are diagnosed with breast cancer at a similar stage and have a similar prognosis as women who do not have breast implants.

Read more: http://www.bccancer.bc.ca/screening/health-professionals/breast