Breast augmentation with implant placement is becoming more common place with post partial and full mastectomy reconstruction techniques and for cosmetic purposes.
The choice of implant, size, technique of surgery is multifactorial, and predominately a clinical based decision.
Monitoring of implant integrity and evaluation of symptoms is both clinical and radiological.
Available Imaging techniques are typically ultrasound and MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging), and allow for evaluation of implant integrity, namely rupture of either extra or intra capsular type, silicone adenopathy and peri-implant fluid.
Imaging is of pre operative planning assistance, for identifying location and type of implant and volume of implant.
MRI is considered the optimal imaging technique for implants and potential complications.
Cases will include examples of MRI imaging of placement & assessment of type of implant; appearances of implant complications