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Possibility of breast implant rupture vs MRI, is it necessary?

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The US FDA approved silicone gel implant sales in 2006 for the purpose of breast correction and augmentation. It also provided guideline that there should be MRI test once every 2 years starting from the third year of breast augmentation.

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There is no change to this guideline.
Of course such is necessary, if there is a damage to the implant and the patient needs some treatment. but there are those who oppose this.

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Today, I would like to introduce a data of an experiment that Teresa Wang M.D and other from Sloan-Kettering Cancer center in NY conducted with 383 patients.

There was a tracking study in this hospital for 10 years starting from 1999 on the patients with correction surgery. MRI was tested and data was gathered to see if the implants have been ruptured or not. 963 MRI were conducted over 53 months (4 years and 5 months).

The result showed that the damage rate was 1.9% through MRI and the false positive rate is 8.4%.

The statistical findings showed that the rupture rate of implant within the 3~5 years was 0% and 2.3% for 7 years. 15.1% for within 10 years.

The rupture rate of the implants is very low therefore all the high costs and time needed by the patients for MRI test (in the first 5~6 years) are a burden. Therefore, the authors conclude with a question of whether the MRI inspection is really necessary.

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There are opinions that MRI is unnecessary for those patients without any complications for 7 years after breast augmentation.

Since the first day that the cohesive gel has been imported until now, I have never seen a patient taking a MRI test because she was worried about the implant rupture.

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It is not saying that these patients are not interested in their bodies. It is just that they did not have any problems or discomforts therefore this expensive MRI (MRI is not reimbursed and costs about $500 or more) is not tested by many.

Also there are other findings, that the silicone when leaked from the implant, does not get dissolved within the body and it does not cause any complication or illness.
Is this guideline of getting tests once every 2 years really meaningful?

FDA should remove or edit this guideline not only because of this finding from Teresa Wang.

I think that it is more realistic to consult with the doctor 10 years after the breast augmentation. If there is any problem, then one can use ultrasonic test that is less costly to find out the problem. I think this is more realistic and better scientifically for the patient compared to the MRI.

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Thank you for reading. Have a great day.




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