Eklund technique

Last revised by Andrew Murphy on 23 Mar 2023

Eklund modified compression technique is a technique which can be used for patients with augmented or reconstructed breasts post mastectomy. 

It consists of posterosuperior displacement of the implants simultaneously to an anterior traction of the breast, pushing the implants towards the chest wall up to flatten. It is a complex technique that requires a significant sensitivity and skill by mammographers.

Helps image portion of breast that escape visualization due to superimposing implant. This technique is applicable whether the implant is posterior or anterior to the pectoral muscle, as long as the implant remains soft and free of encapsulation.

The advantages of this technique are represented by a significant improvement in image quality and by the display of a greater amount of breast tissue. 

It is used in addition to the routine two projection mammogram, and cannot be used as a substitute as it does not image the most posterior portions of the breast.

It is named after G W Eklund who introduced this new technique in 1988 2.

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