The number of women with breast implants is increasing radiologists must be familiar with the normal and abnormal findings of common implants implant rupture is a well known complication after surgery and is the main cause of implant removal although mammography and ultrasonography are the . The x rays used for mammographic imaging of the breasts cannot penetrate silicone or saline implants well enough to image the overlying or underlying breast tissue therefore some breast tissue approximately 25 will not be seen on the mammogram as it will be covered up by the implant. In the early 20th century many cosmetic breast prosthetic techniques and materials were used for implants these included polyvinyl alcohol prostheses paraffin injections and injections of free silicone all of these techniques and materials had notable drawbacks and for the most part were abandoned. Implant rupture is a frequent complication of breast implant placement occurring in 10 14 of patients within 10 years learn more about how to recognize this complication on diagnostic imaging as well as how silicone implant rupture manifests differently from saline implant rupture. In these extra pictures called implant displacement id views the implant is pushed back against the chest wall and the breast is pulled forward over it this allows better imaging of the front part of each breast
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