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NEW Breast Implant Package

It has been reported that over 40,000 British women have had PIP Breast implants which may have an increased risk of rupture or silicone leak.

MRI is the preferred imaging method for potential leaks in silicone breast implants, with high sensitivity and specificity for detection and classification of rupture.

Why choose Upright MRI?

MRI in the upright position, with the breasts under the influence of gravity is the best method for assessing pain and discomfort following breast implant surgery rather than imaging supine when the weight of the breast is redistributed .

If you would like information on our Breast Implant Package, please contact us. We are also able to perform examinations on a range of  breast implants, not just PIP, as well as other cosmetic implants.

Claustrophobia?

If you are claustrophobic, you may have issues tolerating “conventional” tunnel type MRI scanners. Upright weight-bearing MRI enables claustrophobic patients to be examined without stress as the scanner is completely open at the front.

Other problems involving breast implants

Not only will MRI show if an implant has been ruptured and is leaking, but there are many other issues that can arise with breast implants where Upright MRI can assess the degree of abnormality:

  • Breast sagging (ptosis).
  • Distortion and hardening of the breast, caused by tightening of the tissue over the implant (capsular contracture).
  • Implant slippage, movement or rupture.
  • Problems with implant placement or the creation of the ‘pockets’ for the implants, causing one or both implants to sit too high, too low or to the side (lateral displacement).
  • Lop-sided or different sized breasts (asymmetry).
  • Implants crossing over in the centre of the chest (symmastia).
  • “Double-bubble” effect, where the breast has a double instead of single mound appearance.
  • “Bottoming out” – this is a problem which occurs when the implant falls to the bottom of the breast.

 

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The Upright Positional MRI System offers the unique possibility of scanning patients in an upright or weight-bearing position.

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