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Topic: MRI to screen silicone implants for rupture covered by Medicare?

Forum: Breast Reconstruction —

Talk with others facing decisions about whether or not to have breast reconstruction, and if so, what type and when.

Posted on: Apr 20, 2021 06:08PM

kayray wrote:

After having saline implants for 29 years after my first reconstruction, I am thinking of getting silicone this time. A big concern is that by the time I need the recommended screening MRI I will be on Medicare. I haven't been able to find a definitive answer whether this would be covered. Has anyone had an implant screening MRI approved by Medicare? This going to be a huge factor in deciding which way I go. TIA for your help!

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