Cardiac imaging impaired by a silicone breast implant.

Journal Article

The authors report a case of a left-sided silicone breast implant interfering with nuclear imaging of the myocardium. Cardiac SPECT imaging of a woman documented widespread infarct in the anterolateral, inferior, and posterolateral walls, as well as mixed ischemia/infarct in the anterior wall. Subsequent cardiac MRI revealed just anterolateral and inferolateral infarct. The anterior wall was completely viable. Also apparent on the MR images was a left breast implant overlying the anterior myocardial wall. This case of a left-sided silicone breast implant interfering with nuclear imaging of the myocardium highlights the importance of understanding the potential interference from silicone breast implants.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Meine, TJ; Patel, MR; Heitner, J; Fortin, TA; Pagnanelli, RA; Gehrig, TR; Kim, R; Borges-Neto, S

Published Date

  • April 2005

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 30 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 262 - 264

PubMed ID

  • 15764886

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0363-9762

Language

  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States