The Great Debate Over Silicone Implants and MRIs

A recent article by NewBeauty magazine explores the importance of MRI’s, and how they should be done, for women who have had breast augmentation with silicone implants. There is an ongoing debate as to whether women with silicone implants should have an MRI lying down or standing upright.

Doctors are currently studying upright MRIs to gauge whether or not they offer better screening results than the traditional recumbent position. Considering most implant leakage occurs at the bottom of the implant due to weight and gravity, some doctors argue that an MRI standing will be most accurate when recreating the natural position of the implants and any possible leaks. MRIs in the recumbent position could possibly miss minor leaks due to the redistribution of the weight of the implant.

Another factor to consider is that traditional MRIs have a 10% false positive rate. This means that 1 in 10 women with silicone implants who have an MRI done will be alerted of an implant leak that does not actually exist. This causes many women to undergo unnecessary, expensive procedures to fix a problem that does not exist.

While the debate is still in its infancy, it is recommended that women with silicone breast implants undergo an MRI three years after insertion and every year thereafter to screen for potential leaks or changes to the implant.


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