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Ultrasound Scanning of PIP Implants to Begin

The 440 women in Iceland who have PIP breast implants, which have proven to be prone to rupturing and contain industrial silicone instead of the medical variant, can order free ultrasound scanning at the Icelandic Cancer Society as of next week.


Silicone-filled breast implants (the photo is not related to the story). Source: Wikipedia.

It is estimated that the ultrasound scanning will be completed in three months and that the cost covered by the Icelandic state will be approximately 6 million (USD 49,000, EUR 37,000), Morgunblaðið reports.

The ultrasound scanning will take place at the society’s center in Skógarhlíð in Reykjavík and the hospital in Akureyri. If women are found to have ruptured implants, they will be referred to Landspítali, the national hospital.

According to Fréttablaðið, in the past three years at least 550 women per year underwent breast enlargement operations in Iceland—excluding breast reconstruction after mastectomies—each of which costs ISK 400,000-520,000 (USD 3,200-4,200, EUR 2,500-3,200).

It is estimated that renewal of implants makes up no more than 25 percent of these operations; it is usually recommended that implants are renewed every five to ten years.

The sale of breast implants to plastic surgeons in Iceland took a leap in 2010 when more than 550 pairs were imported, up from around 350 pairs in the years prior. These figures do not include the defective PIP implants.

However, the Directorate of Health does not have records of the exact number of breast enlargement operations or other plastic surgeries in Iceland; information to that regard has been requested.

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