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New Technology May Improve Breast Cancer Screening for Women with Breast Implants

There are many considerations to account for when deciding whether to undergo breast augmentation. One of these is how it impacts your ability to detect the presence of breast cancer down the road.

Mammograms are not as effective after breast augmentation since tumors can hide behind breast implants during these x-rays. In fact, a British Medical Journal study recently revealed that breast cancer death rates are higher among women with breast implants due to the fact that the condition is often diagnosed much later.

In order to ensure breast cancer is detected as early as possible, you should also go for ultrasounds, which can detect cancerous tumors even when they are missed by a mammogram.

A new technology, called SonoCine, is making ultrasound screenings much more standardized, increasing the accuracy and detail of the results. SonoCine takes a series of moving pictures of different sections of your breast. On average, you will receive approximately 3,000 images from your SonoCine screening.

It is best to undergo mammograms as well as ultrasounds since ultrasounds are not as effective at detecting calcifications, which may be an early indicator of breast cancer.

During your initial consultation, Philadelphia breast augmentation surgeon Dr. David Bottger will discuss these considerations with you in great detail so that you can make a fully informed decision about your desired procedure. By taking these precautions, you can enjoy many benefits associated with breast implants while still being diligent regarding breast cancer detection.

If you are interested in breast implants and live in the Philadelphia area, please contact Dr. David Bottger today to schedule your initial consultation.