Challenges in mammography: part 2, multimodality review of breast augmentation--imaging findings and complications

AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2011 Dec;197(6):W1031-45. doi: 10.2214/AJR.11.7216.


Objective: Breast augmentation is common throughout the world; however, there is variation in materials and surgical techniques. This review illustrates the mammographic, sonographic, and MRI characteristics of the different types of breast augmentation, including silicone, saline, polyacrylamide gel, and autologous fat augmentation.

Conclusion: The imaging findings of complications such as implant rupture, free silicone, and fat necrosis in association with augmentation will be illustrated.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Breast Implants*
  • Fat Necrosis / diagnosis
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging*
  • Mammaplasty*
  • Mammography*
  • Postoperative Complications / diagnosis*
  • Prosthesis Failure
  • Ultrasonography, Mammary*