- •MRI has long been the gold standard for breast implant imaging a shell disruption.
- •High-resolution ultrasound (HRUS) imaging is emerging as the leader in breast implant imaging and follow-up, surpassing MRI in specificity and sensitivity.
- •HRUS is efficient, safe, affordable, and highly accurate and can easily be incorporated into a plastic surgeon’s office and postoperative routine.
- •Breast implant technology with higher-fill implants, increased gel cohesivity, and standard shell thickness is merging with marked improvements and accuracy of HRUS systems, making imaging of current sixth-generation implants easier to diagnose any complications.
- •Plastic surgeons, seeing and experiencing breast implant complications, are best suited to understand, diagnose, and treat breast implant complications.
- •For any equivocal ultrasounds, an MRI or additional testing may be sought prior to surgery if the plastic surgeon is relying solely on the HRUS read for surgery.
- •This technology can transform a surgeon’s practice more than nearly any single technology and is easily incorporated into a plastic surgery practice.
- •Since 2006, more than 6000 patients have been scanned, with more than 1100 patients’ implant status confirmed in surgery with more than a 97% predictive value.
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Integrating High Resolution Utrasound Into Your Plastic Surgery Practice. American Society of Plastic Surgeons Breast and Body Symposium. Miami, July 18, 2019.
Incorporating high resolution ultrasound into your plastic surgery practice. American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, San Diego, CA, May 4, 2008.