Ultrasound Imaging

Breast Implant scans with High Resolution Ultrasound Imaging

Why should I consider having breast implant ultrasound imaging?

Ultrasound is a safe, simple and efficient screening tool for evaluating your breast implants. It is considered to be non-invasive. Ultrasound waves themselves do not cause any pain or discomfort. Ultrasound imaging does not require exposure to harmful radiation, as X-rays do.

We use a high-resolution ultrasound system to screen and detect for breast implant abnormalities.

Having an ultrasound screening in the FDA recommended intervals can give you peace of mind and keep you safe. Although current generations of breast implants are very durable and able to withstand tremendous pressures, they may not last an entire lifetime. If you have had implants for more than 7 years, have experienced recent trauma or are generally concerned about the status of your breast implants, ultrasound may be used to assess if your breast implants are problem-free or may have a rupture. Additional testing or surgery may be scheduled, if you choose, based on the results of your ultrasound exam.

Drs. Gray and Slocum include ultrasound follow up of breast implants at no additional charge to all of our breast augmentation patients.

Benefits of High-Resolution Ultrasound vs. MRI

The FDA currently recommends MRI Imaging of silicone breast implants at 5 and 7 years. Research has shown High Resolution Ultrasound is equivalent to MRI in detection of breast implant failures. Below is a comparison of the 2 methodologies.

Ultrasound monitoring of breast implants:

  • is performed comfortably
  • will detect an implant shell failure
  • is at no charge at Atlantic Plastic Surgery Center for our patients
  • can be performed economically, even for patients who had their implants placed elsewhere

MRI monitoring of breast implants:

  • is not always comfortable
  • will detect an implant shell failure
  • can be expensive with the average cost at a hospital or mammography center being approximately $1,500

Your exam will be performed at Atlantic Plastic Surgery Center, using a hand-held ultrasound device that is connected to a tablet where images can be seen in the moment. Results are usually available to patients almost immediately. In most cases your surgeon will review them with you and answer any questions you may have.

Request your consultation for breast implant surgery at Atlantic Plastic Surgery here.


Atlantic Plastic Surgery offers Ultrasound screening to all of our own breast augmentation patients at absolutely no charge. If your implants were placed elsewhere, there is a fee of $250 which is far less than what the charge would be for a breast ultrasound study done at a hospital. The benefit, of course, is that one of our plastic surgeons will likely be readily available to answer any questions or concerns you may have!

We do accept self-referrals. You do not need a referral from a physician in order to have an ultrasound screening.

Even if your breast augmentation surgery was not performed by either of our surgeons, please call us at 603-431-8819 if you have concerns regarding the status of your breast implants.

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