Using Sound To Pinpoint Leaks In Breast Implants

Some 2 million women in the U. S. have breast implants, most of them silicone. One of the problems, however, is that the implants can tear. Ordinary mammography often fails to detect even large leaks because they may be obscured by the opaque implant. Now, radiologists at the University of Pittsburgh's school of medicine have found that ultrasound can be more effective than X-rays in finding such leaks.

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