Linguine sign at MR imaging: does it represent the collapsed silicone implant shell?

Radiology. 1994 May;191(2):576-7. doi: 10.1148/radiology.191.2.8153345.


One intact and one ruptured single-lumen implant were surgically placed in a rabbit. Magnetic resonance (MR) imaging was performed before and after surgical removal, and the ruptured implant was imaged after removal of the implant shell. Multiple curvilinear hypointense lines (linguine sign) were present in the MR images of the ruptured implant and of the implant shell alone immersed in saline solution but not in the image of the free silicone. The collapsed implant shell in a ruptured silicone implant does cause the linguine sign.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Equipment Failure
  • Female
  • Gels
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Mammaplasty*
  • Prostheses and Implants / adverse effects*
  • Rabbits
  • Silicones


  • Gels
  • Silicones