Is a facility required to accept patients who have breast implants for mammographic examinations? If not, must the facility refer patients with implants to another facility that provides implant imaging services?
No. Facilities are not required to perform mammographic examinations of patients with breast implants. However, facilities must have a procedure to inquire whether the patient has breast implants prior to the actual mammographic exam. If the facility does not provide implant imaging services, it may refer the patient to other facilities who provide such services. However, the final regulations do not require that this referral be done.